It is always a pleasure for a fan to witness greatness. It is not a regular occurrence for the fans to see their favorite player go out and do it all. In the match between the Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies, Nikola Jokic has achieved such a feat. Coming into this game the Grizzlies has the 3-0 lead over them in the regular season series.
The Nuggets went with a roster of Nikola Jokic, Will Barton, Aaron Gordon, Jeff Green and Monte Morris. The Grizzlies started with Dillon Brooks, Steven Adams, Jaren Jackson Jr, Desmond Bane and Tyus Jones.
At the start of the game, both teams locked horns. In the early minutes, Jokic got hit in the head by Jaren Jackson while going for a rebound. He started bleeding and had to sit on the bench for a while. The Grizzlies tried to build a lead during that time. But as soon as Jokic hit the floor with a headband, the Grizzlies could not suppress them.
Jokic was all over the court, scoring, grabbing rebound and dishing assists to his teammates. This just unlocked a different switch on the Nuggets who kept on with their relentless offence. The 1st half was taken by the Nuggets with a 70-50 lead.
The 2nd half was no different as Jokic was completely unleashed and he went on to make shot after shot. With a few minute remaining in the fourth quarter, Jokic lets go of a jump hook which let him reach the landmark of 2000 points, 1000 rebounds and 500 assists. This is a statline which has never been achieved by any player in NBA history.
The game ended with Jokic having a scoreline of 35 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists. Aaron Gordon took on the role of the second scoring option as he put up 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Will Barton gave 16 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. Bones Hyland took on the role of the playmaker while Jokic was on the bench and went off for 16 points and 7 assists.
On the Grizzlies, with the absence of Ja Morant and a heavy defensive cover by the Nuggets, no player scored above 15 points. Desmond Bane lead them with 14 points, 2 assists and 3 steals. Dillon Brooks had 12 points. The rest of them just could not get it going this game.
The Nuggets won 122-109. But the highlight of the game is Nikola Jokic putting up a statline which seemed untouchable by any player. Jokic was always considered to be a top center in the league and being the previous MVP and reaching a statline such as this gives him the leverage to repeat as MVP again.