Nikola Jokic scores a career high 41 points in the Nuggets 112-104 thrashing of the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday night at Pepsi Center.
The Nuggets (6-5) are in the mist of their longest home stand of the season and were looking to sweep the season series against the Nets (4-7) on Tuesday night. Denver accomplished that and led by as much as 25 in the game. The reserves allowed the Nets to outscore them 31-19 in the fourth quarter and allowed the Nets to cut the Nuggets win margin to single digits. The other three quarters were a thing of beauty though, and were starred by Nikola Jokic.
Jokic scored a career high 41 points and even threw in 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Jokic was looking for his shot all night and shot 16-25 from the field, and 4-9 from behind the three-point line. Jokic only had one turnover in 31 minutes of action and contributed two steals and two blocks on the defensive end of the court. It’ll be interesting to see how Jokic bounces back on Thursday night against Oklahoma City after having such a great night against the Nets. Jokic did foul out and will have to keep his fouls to a minimum on Thursday night in order for the Nuggets to have success.
Some other Nuggets who had a good night were Paul Millsap and Will Barton. Millsap scored 17 points on 7-11 shooting and also contributed two blocks and two steals. Barton scored 17 points on 7-15 shooting and also had eight rebounds and four assists. Barton provided a huge spark off the bench in the second quarter and helped the Nuggets stretch their lead out before halftime.
Shooting guard Gary Harris shot just 4-12 from the field and only scored nine points on the night. But, Harris did contribute a team high six steals and was one of the biggest factors of the Nuggets causing 25 Brooklyn turnovers. The Nuggets scored 24 points off those turnovers and scored 19 fast break points.
A few concerns on the night were point guard play and the way the Nuggets finished. The Nuggets committed 19 turnovers and those turnovers turned into 25 Brooklyn points. As for the point guards, in 46 minutes of action the two point guards only combined for six points, five rebounds, and six assists. Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay combined to shoot just 2-10 from the field and had a combined six turnovers. It’s exciting to know that the Nuggets can win without good point guard play, but that’ll be something that’s hard to sustain moving forward.
As for the Nets, they were on the second night of a back-to-back and the energy just didn’t seem to be there from the beginning. Nets starting point guard D’Angelo Russell scored just 12 points on the night and committed a team high eight turnovers. Tyler Zeller led the Nets in points with 21 and also hauled in five rebounds. Brooklyn now heads to Portland to take on the Blazers Friday night.
The Nuggets will be back in action on Thursday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder come to town. It’ll be the Nuggets first nationally televised game of the season and will start at 8:30 MST and televised on TNT. It’ll be the Nuggets fifth game in their current six game home stand and will present a tough early season challenge against one of the Western Conference’s fiercest competitors.