Nikola Jokic Leads Nuggets previous Defending Champs

Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets led the Golden State Warriors by as many as 20 factors and held on for a 128 – 123 win.

Jokic had a triple-double, 26 factors, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists in 34 minutes of play to current Denver its first win of the season after a disappointing opening night in opposition to the Utah Jazz.

final yr’s common-season MVP’s full-court docket cross to Bruce Brown, with 14.4 seconds left sealed the victory for the Nuggets.

“I simply noticed Bruce vast open, so I threw it,” mentioned Jokic after the sport.

Brown was the second-highest scorer for Denver, ending with 20 factors on eighty p.c taking pictures from the sphere and seventy five p.c from behind the arc.

“We had two or three turnovers inside the final minute, so we want to be calmer in these situations,” mentioned Jokic. “We made free throws, we made an excellent foul, and we made an excellent defensive cease, so it was an excellent win for us on the road.”

Michael Porter Jr., again inside the lineup after being injured final season, had 17 factors and 6 rebounds.

New addition Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, from the Washington Wizards, scored 17 factors in 32 minutes for a balanced assault from a Denver crew which might be poised for a sturdy run this season.

“Christian Braun performed actually good for us … DJ [DeAndre Jordan] was actually good attacking the glass. He was current inside the paint… he was getting guys going,” mentioned Jokic.

Steff Curry led the troopers with 34 factors.

“We tried to make that final-ditch effort to get again inside the sport. however all of us know the method this league works. You give a crew confidence coming off a loss, you understand they’re very decided coming out the foremost half, and also you make it troublesome on your self occurring 18 [points],” mentioned Curry.

The Nuggets sort out the Oklahoma metropolis Thunder Saturday in Denver.