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Highlights: Nikola Jokic puts up 28 points and 21 rebounds against the Jazz

Not bad against the reigning defensive player of the year, even if in defeat

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Rudy Gobert is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. He had a good game tonight against the Nuggets with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks and most importantly a win for Utah.

But Nikola Jokic put up 28 points, snagged 21 rebounds, and had six assists and a pair of steals tonight in 37 minutes as Denver fought to the wire despite off nights from several key players. It’s his second 20 / 20 game of the season and coming against Gobert makes it more impressive. The Nuggets did not have their A game tonight, and strangely neither did Jokic, who went just 1 for 7 from three point range and had 5 fouls. But he still logged an impressive performance in a playoff atmosphere - and just the kind of thing Denver will need from him once April does roll around.

Check it out below!