Denver Nuggets’ Serbian center Nikola Jokic made history by scoring 50 points and 10 assists in a single game. He is the only Center in the game to do this after the eminent Kareem Abdul Jabbar in 1975.
Jokic has brought his last year’s tremendous form to the first 2 months of this year. He already holds the name, the KIA NBA Player of the month in January alongside Joel Embiid, and he has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
Nikola Jokic gives a stupendous performance
Both Jamal Murray and Gary Harris were sidelined with their respective injuries. So, the offensive duties naturally fell on Jokic’s shoulders. And the center did not disappoint, scoring 50 points, 12 assists, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks over the course of the match.
Sadly, this stellar performance did not help the Nuggets in gathering a win. They lost to the Sacramento Kings in a close game of 119-114. The next leading scorer for the Nuggets was Paul Millsap, scoring 14 points.
Jokic started off in great fashion, scoring 10 points and 6 assists in the first quarter itself. He didn’t let his team down in the third quarter, scoring 13 points and 5 assists. Which helped the Nuggets in keeping pace with the Kings. He was unbelievable in the final 12 points of the game, securing 23 points and 12 rebounds in the process.
According to NBA, Nikola Jokic said, “I was just really locked in, in the last quarter I was kind of aggressive.” The 50 points were the highest he’s ever scored in a single game and Jokic became the first center to record at least 50 points and 10 assists in a single game since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Jan. 19, 1975.
Jokic became the seventh player in the Denver Nuggets’ history to score 50+ points in a regular-season game, joining David Thompson (73), Michael Adams (54), Alex English (54 and 51), Allen Iverson (51), Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (51), Kiki VanDeWeghe (50 and 51), Carmelo Anthony (50 twice).
Denver Nuggets’ position in the Western Conference
The Denver Nuggets currently lie 6th in the Western Conference points table. They are on course for qualifying for the playoffs comfortably. Having a prolific center like Nikola Jokic certainly improves their chances. However, they are on a 2-game losing streak and will have to rectify that as the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors are hot on their heels.