Third straight loss for the Nuggets who lose against the Nets
In difficulty lately, Denver conceded its third defeat in a row against a serious Brooklyn team this Sunday (122-120). On alternating current, the Nuggets counted up to 15 points behind before returning at the end of the game to afford a money time. Nikola Jokic (35 points, 20 rebounds, 11 assists) had the winning ball in his hands twice.
Denver had started its meeting well, turning in the lead at halftime (69-61). But on returning from the locker room, Brooklyn through Miles Bridges (25 points at 7/16 shooting) took the lead while Mike Malone’s men multiplied the mistakes and bad choices.
The Nuggets scored 5 baskets in the third quarter (not counting free throws), a symbol of their offensive difficulties upon returning from the locker room. Mike Malone’s men scored 18 points there, compared to 37 for the Nets.
Without Jamal Murray on the bench, the Nuggets had a good last quarter to come back up (117-118). The free throw missed by Miles Bridges one second from the end (122-120), gave the Colorado franchise a match point, but Nikola Jokic’s shot went aground on the hoop.
Nikola Jokic’s triple double not enough
Well surrounded by the defense of Brooklyn at the start of the meeting, the “Joker” had trouble being found by his partners. He scored his first points after six minutes of play in the first quarter. But this ignition delay was quickly caught up and the double MVP made life difficult for the Nets defense. At halftime, he was already almost triple double (19 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists). At the end of the game, when his team was left behind, he sounded the revolt to come back up to the score. Despite impressive statistics (35 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists), he failed to avoid defeat.
Denver leaves for a roadtrip of 5 matches (Toronto, Detroit, New York, Brooklyn then Washington), on its side Brooklyn will move to Oklahoma City.