After trading Jusuf Nurkic to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Denver Nuggets faced off with the Golden State Warriors on their home court. Nikola Jokic has been well documented as an emerging star and potential top big man in the NBA, but very little has been talked about the improving Nuggets.
The Denver Nuggets Tied The NBA Record With 24 3s made against the Warriors, and each of them made fellow Warriors haters like myself happy throughout the night.
If you enjoy three pointers, you’ll enjoy this footage by the NBA:
The Denver Nuggets tie an NBA record 24 3-pointers in one game!
Posted by NBA on Monday, February 13, 2017
Deadspin would summarize the game in their own words:
The Golden State Warriors, former NBA Finalists, traveled to Denver to play a depleted Nuggets team tonight. The Dubs were without Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston, but the Nuggets were short five players of their own due to a series of injuries and short one Mason Plumlee on account of he just got traded yesterday. You’d expect the Warriors to run away with this one, or put Nikola Jokic’s big head on a spike with a trademark 22-3 run in the third quarter, or do really anything besides what they did, which was to get blown out from start to finish and cede an NBA record.
From the very start of the game, Denver looked like the livelier team. They dropped 42 in the first quarter without their leading scorer thanks to some fantastic all-around play from Jokic. He had six points, seven boards, four dimes, and two steals in the first frame, including this easy give-and-go.
Jokic was the best player on the floor tonight, finishing with 17, 21, and 12. The Serbian big man doesn’t jump off the screen like more springy big dudes, but that’s not to say that he’s not athletic. Jokic always seems to take the right angle when going up for a rebound or cutting off a pick-and-roll. He looks like he’s lollygagging when he’s running, bobbing his head side to side, but he has an impeccable sense of space and a knack for finding open teammates as soon as he touches the ball. When he’s in traffic, Jokic moves and leaps with his arms fully outstretched, which just makes everything he does harder to stop. The Nuggets outrebounded the Warriors 52-27 tonight, thanks in large part to the large boy. Don’t mistake his laconic disposition for laziness or disinterest, Jokic can pull all the strings. You’ll enjoy his full highlight reel. (Patrick Redford)