Nikola Jokic produced another stupendous performance to guide his side towards the win. The 26-year-old has put in sterling efforts all throughout the season for the Nuggets and is one of the frontrunners for the MVP award.
In the victory against the Orlando Magic on Sunday night, Jokic made a statement, that he is not a one-trick pony. In a match where the shots were not falling for him, the Joker assisted his teammates and racked up an unbelievable 16 assists to his name.
In the modern-day game, having 16 assists in a single match is unheard of. That is why this feat has blown up on social media. Jokic single-handedly took apart the Magic’s defense and passed it to his teammates for easy buckets.
Yes, you read that right.
The MVP, ladies and gentlemen 👇 pic.twitter.com/AlUdz6uwzo
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) April 5, 2021
Nikola Jokic and team rally past the Orlando Magic
The night against Orlando Magic gave a glimpse of how the Denver Nuggets can function as a team. The confidence was evident in their body language as they maneuvered the ball well amongst themselves.
Although the Nuggets were down by 18 points in the first half, they stitched together an incredible comeback in the second half of the game. Aaron Gordon was the star of the show against his former team as he went on to score 24 points. He also racked up seven rebounds through the game.
With the kind of performances Nikola Jokic is showing on a nightly basis, critics and analysts have touted him as the next MVP of the league. In fact, he is currently holding the top spot in the KIA MVP Ladder. The Serbian is averaging 26.8 points per game this season along with 11.1 rebounds per game.
With LeBron James sidelined owing to injury, this is the perfect chance for him to increase the gap and win the coveted award.
Because of Jokic’s heroics along with Gordon and Jamal Murray, the Denver Nuggets find themselves in the fourth spot in the Western Conference. At the moment, they are well in contention for the playoffs. Coach Michael Malone will surely be looking forward to keeping this form going till the end of the season.
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