Reporter Lee Sang-cheol = Denver Nuggets center Nicola Jokic of the NBA Denver Nuggets, who recovered from a hamstring injury and returned to the court after three games, led the team to victory with a triple-double.
Denver beat the New Orleans Pelicans 99-98 in the 2022-23 NBA regular league away game held at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on the 25th (Korean time).
Denver, who won their 34th win (14 losses) this season, secured their lead by 2.5 games over Memphis Grizzlies (31 wins, 16 losses), who were second in the Western Conference.
On the other hand, New Orleans, who fell into the mire of five consecutive losses, finished fourth in the Western Conference with a record of 26 wins and 22 losses.
In Denver, Jokic’s performance stood out. Jokic, who missed two games due to a left hamstring injury, returned that day and achieved his 15th triple-double of the season with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists while playing for about 36 minutes.
Yokichi was also responsible for the winning shot in this game where a close match unfolded. 16.9 seconds before the end when the team trailed 97-98, he received a pass from Jamal Murray and threw a floating shot with his right hand from about 7 feet (about 2.1 m) in front of the goalpost to score the come-from-behind finish. 메이저사이트
Denver, who led 97-88 until the middle of the fourth quarter, lost the lead to New Orleans’ fierce counterattack, but despite losing, Jokic’s winning shot won thrillingly.
After the game, Jokic said, “(Scoring the final goal) is where I feel most comfortable. Personal records don’t matter. I’m just happy that the team won.”
In Denver, in addition to Jokic, Murray made a big success with 25 points and 7 assists, including 3 3-pointers, and Bruce Brown and Aaron Gordon both did their part with 11 points.