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Nikola Jokic looked like he was running the point on Monday night, showing off his guard-like skills at the expense of the Golden State Warriors.
After Draymond Green missed a floater, Jokic grabbed the rebound and immediately headed towards the other end of the court – looking to make a play in transition. It seemed like Jokic’s fast break would end – with Green hustling back, attempting to steal the ball from the Denver Nuggets centre. Unfortunately for Green, Jokic would see him and quickly adjust; putting the ball behind his back before taking it to the rim for a soft slam to cut the Warriors’ lead to 6 with 3:18 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
The Nuggets would finish with a 21-point 3rd quarter and score 34 in the 4th, but it wouldn’t be enough – with the Warriors holding on and coming away with 127-119 victory.
Nikola Jokic (21) on pace for 186 OPA and 52 DPS. He'd be the 9th to do so at or before that age since 1974, and the other names are decent: pic.twitter.com/nU4f7C7thm
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Despite playing the least amount of minutes (25) of all the Nuggets’ starter, Jokic was very productive against the Warriors – finishing with 21 points on 8-17 FG, to go along with 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal in 25 minutes of action. He’s been on a tear as of late, producing at a high level for his team. In his last 5 games, Jokic is averaging 18.8 points on 62 FG%, to go along with 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in 26.4 minutes a game.
He’ll have a chance to continue his great play on Tuesday, when his team takes on DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings at home with tipoff scheduled at 9:00 p.m. EST.
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