The regular season is coming to an end and the Nuggets still don’t know how they will be approached in the playoffs. What is certain now is that Denver will be in the “Postseason,” for the fourth year in a row. It is their victory over Memphis that secures them this place in the top six (122-109).
As is often the case, Nikola Jokic (35 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals) was the architect of this success again, well assisted by Aaron Gordon (22 points) and Pons Hyland (16 points, 7 assists) When leaving the seat. The Grizzlies didn’t keep pace for long, dropping to 17 in the first half and behind the remainder of the match, with no real danger to their evening opponent.
Desmond Bani (14 points) ended his team’s top scorer after suffering from the law of the best player in the world, untenable despite the kick he received in the head from the start…
What to remember
– A bloody stinging start to the match! The match had just begun, and in an attempt at a shot from under the circle, Garen Jackson Jr. landed his elbow forward on Nikola Jokic’s skull (and temple). The Nuggets haven’t been spared injuries this season yet again, yet they have been able to count on the stainless MVP back in the game, with a red headband to secure his bandages. Meanwhile, Memphis had the best start, 22-12 with five minutes remaining in the period. That didn’t stop Denver from winning the first quarter 34-30 after a strong comeback from Jokic & Co., with a 20-3 score!
– Nuggets get their ticket. While the Grizzlies are already guaranteed a second place in the West, and a first division title in their history, the Nuggets are still in the battle to see what fate will be reserved for them in the playoffs. I felt that extra spirit last night with Gordon and Hyland who helped so much in Jokic’s wake. Aside from a difficult start to the match, Mike Malone’s side dominated their opponents, taking a 17-point lead in the first half before relying on a comfortable 30-point cushion in the second, letting out under the acclaim of Jokic’s fans. .
– Joker in history. Decked out in an improbable (after JJJ shove) red headband matching his shoe, Nikola Jokic has once again inscribed his name in the NBA record books. The Serbian hub became the first player in league history to collect 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a single season. Nikola Jokic is a quiet force, but above all a basketball factory!
✅ Nikola Jokic. Shook at the start of the match, he didn’t lose his mind. The Denver pivotal star once again delivered a performance as a leader, with 35 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 assists, as well as 4 steals. His evening opponent, Stephen Adams, although not the first in defense, could not help but succumb to the combination of strength and talent of the “Joker”.
✅ Aaron Gordon. The Nuggets struggled to get ahead in the first quarter, but Aaron Gordon helped them with two 3-pointers in quick succession, and a big alley. Very complementary to Jokic, he finished 22 points and 5 rebounds, on 7/11 very clean on shots.
✅ Highland bones. Newbie Nuggets never cease to amaze them. It was a really good choice, he came off the bench to give his team a huge boost, with 16 points and 7 assists in just 21 minutes.
⛔ Dillon Brooks. Back in the game since mid-March, Dillon Brooks is still searching for rhythm after his long absence through injury. Seen last night with a lot of missed attempts and a selection of picks to review. He finished the previous duck who became grizzly with 12 points at 6/15 in shots.
⛔ Teos Jones. Like his buddy Brooks, Tyus Jones wasn’t really on his plate last night at the Mile High City. The new title holder, Jones didn’t weigh down the game with just 5 points and 4 assists, all in just 2/8.
Denver (48-33) The Lakers’ reception for the final game of the season on Sunday evening.
Memphis (55-25) : Pelican reception on Saturday evening.