DENVER- Nuggets Nation, it’s hard to believe that this is the final Denver Nuggets post game of the season but writing about a win is a lot easier than a loss.
The Denver Nuggets finished their last game of the season with Nikola Jokic leading the way with his 39th double-double of the season with 29 points, 16 rebounds, and 8 assists. Jokic was on quadruple-double watch throughout the game as he also had 5 blocks.
Jamal Murray threw in 27 points, 2 boards, and 6 assists. Malik Beasley had 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 5 rebounds. Juancho Hernangomez, the final starter for the Nuggets, had 9 points and 7 rebounds. Denver only had seven players set foot on the court tonight.
Denver shot 45.9% from the field, 28% from beyond the arc, and 81.3% from the free throw line. The Nuggets also had 43 rebounds, 22 assists, 6 steals, and 8 blocks.
The Thunder rested their top dogs through the majority of the game and they were ultimately led by Enes Kanter and Taj Gibson who had 13 points a piece. Kanter and Gibson also combined for 12 rebounds and a single assist.
The Thunder shot 42.6% from the field, 32% from beyond the arc, and 64.7% from the charity stripe. OKC had 51 boards, 20 assists, 10 steals, and 8 blocks.
An interesting report came to light within the second half of the game. The NBA downgraded Nikola Jokic’s flagrant foul from Sunday to a common foul. Even with that being said, the Nuggets ended their 2016-2017 season with 40 wins and 42 losses. Denver improved this season with 7 more wins than last season and with the way that the young guys are playing, everybody on our team is excited to see what the future holds.
It can be expected that there will be many changes this off season with the draft and player options but regardless of what happens, Mile High Basketball can’t return soon enough.
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