It was another solid performance for the Denver Nuggets MVP front runner on Sunday night as Nikola Jokic put together a big second half to help secure a victory over a pesky Orlando Magic squad. After a first half that saw Jokic and the Nuggets struggle, the second half was a completely different story.
Behind Jokic’s 12 second half assists, the Nuggets were able to outscore the Magic 72-44 in the games final two quarters to help secure Denver’s fifth victory in a row. Jokic finished the night with 17 points, 16 assists, and nine rebounds, falling just shy of his 13th triple-double of the season.
16 assists.— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) April 5, 2021
Yes, you read that right.
The MVP, ladies and gentlemen pic.twitter.com/AlUdz6uwzo
Jokic’s second half truly was remarkable as he orchestrated the Nuggets offense beautifully to help them secure a come from behind victory. It was dime after dime from Jokic as he continuously was finding his teammates in their spots and they did the rest.
Nikola Jokic recorded his 81st career 10-assist game on Sunday, passing Wilt Chamberlain for the most by a center in NBA history.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 5, 2021
He had 12 assists in the 2nd half, tied for the 2nd-most in any half this season and tied for the most in any half in his career.
H/T @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/ySStc3OqYs
Not only was Jokic passing great, but his 17 points also came on an efficient 5-of-11 shooting and he even shot 7-of-9 from the free-throw line. A big night for Jokic as he finally got the benefit of the doubt with some free-throws and he definitely made the most of them.
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