8th in a Row!
Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic bailed the Nuggets over the undermanned Minnesota Timberwolves. With 55.9 seconds remaining, Jamal Murray wowed the crowd with a beautiful go-ahead floater to secure the thrilling 122-118 victory.
Meanwhile, Jokic notches his 14th triple-double of the season as Denver’s win streak extends. They improve to a 32-13 record, still on top of the West while just one game behind the NBA league-leading Boston Celtics, while the Wolves fall to 22-24.
Joker Cementing MVP Status
The Minnesota Timberwolves had a thrilling night as they led for most of the game, but a triple-double from Nikola Jokic was just too much for them to handle late and the Nuggets pulled out a narrow victory. Jokic truly put on a show as he picked up 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists in an electrifying performance.
Even with three fouls early in the match, Jokic managed to stay steady and received a stroke of good luck when his potential fourth personal foul with Naz Reid was reversed.
Despite not having their solid frontcourt, the Wolves manage to stay on top until crunch time strikes. D’Angelo Russel widens the gap with his three-pointer, 118-113 2:51 to play in the fourth quarter. Jokic answered with a pair of free throws while Murray makes a 25-point three-pointer to tie the game with 2:05 left.
The Nuggets get the ball back and Murray finishes with a smooth floater to secure the lead. The wolves failed to answer back and Jokic finds Gordon for the slam.
Though the Nuggets prevailed in the end, it has been a tough battle considering Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert are still sidelined with injuries. Reid stepped up scoring 17 points after being named starter at center, but the Wolves ultimately fell short.
Wolves have Plenty of Talent Besides Their Stars
The Minnesota Timberwolves showed they have plenty of promising talent on the court, with Jaden McDaniels leading the way at 18 points. Kyle Anderson had an impressive double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists while Russell was a close second with 13 points and seven assists. Edwards had 16 points and nine rebounds while Taurean Price scored 14 points to round out the impressive line-up.
However, these efforts were not enough to overcome Denver’s Jordan Murray who scored 28 points in the win. Bruce Brown also contributed greatly with 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists, and Gordon added 12 points for a great finale for the Denver side.
It was a tantalizing match for basketball fans as both teams produced solid performances showing that it could be a highly competitive season for both sides.
Minnesota will head back home to host the Raptors tomorrow night while the Nuggets will have a one-day break and face the Pacers at home.
Can the Nuggets push for nine-straight wins? Stay tuned for more updates.