Denver needed him, so he responded. On the night of Saturday to Sunday, as part of Game 2 of the second round of the NBA play-offs, in the Western Conference, the Nuggets disposed of the Los Angeles Clippers (101-110), to equalize in the series at 1-1. This convincing success was mainly possible thanks to one man in particular, namely Nikola Jokic. However, the best scorer of the meeting is indeed Jamal Murray, also a resident of Denver (27 points (10/21 on shots, 3/8 at 3pts and 4/5 on free throws), 3 rebounds, 6 assists , 3 faults, 2 interceptions, 3 lost balls and 1 against in 40 minutes of play).
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Jokic’s double-double was already acquired at the break
For his part, the Serbian was also very strong (26 points (10/17 on shots, 4/5 at 3pts and 2/2 on free throws), 18 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 faults, 0 interceptions, 6 lost balls and 3 blocks in 37 minutes of play). A nice revenge for the two players, in great difficulty during match 1. In addition to more than solid statistics, Jokic also signs an impressive double-double. Moreover, his record was even already more than formidable at the end of the first quarter. Indeed, after only 12 short minutes of play, he was at 15 points and 8 rebounds, with even a 3/3 three-point. At the break, Denver had a 16-point lead and the pivot was, for his part, 24 points and 10 rebounds, in total.
Critics had targeted Jokic in Game 1
After the first match, the Serbian pivot had suffered a lot of criticism. This time, he was, at the same time, shown to be particularly efficient in attack, as in defense. At the end of the meeting, in comments reported by Basket USA, he could not hide his own satisfaction: “We were more aggressive, we played more liberally and we managed to maintain the same rhythm all the game. We haven’t changed our way of doing things. In fact, it’s like the regular season. You have to stay in your routine. Don’t overthink it. “Think, that’s what Nikola Jokic obviously didn’t do. What gives this match more than accomplished.