Nikola Jokic Makes History with Triple-Double, Nuggets One Win Away From West Finals
Nikola Jokic led the Denver Nuggets to an impressive 118-102 victory over the Phoenix Suns in Game 5, and he made some NBA history in the process. Jokic recorded 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists for his tenth career playoff triple-double, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain for the most triple-doubles ever by a center in NBA postseason play. Jokic's performance was praised by coach Michael Malone, who said Jokic "makes everyone around him better" and "makes the game come to him."
After a slow first quarter, Jokic took command in the third, making 7 of 8 shots and scoring 17 points. He also engaged in some lighthearted shenanigans when he walked into a Suns huddle near half court. Kevin Durant gave him a playful nudge and they were both issued technical fouls.
Despite some recent controversy involving Jokic and a strange sideline confrontation with a Phoenix owner in Game 4 which earned him a $25,000 fine, Jokic proved that he is a force to be reckoned with on the court. All eyes will be on him in Game 6 as the Nuggets look to put the Suns away and advance to the Western Conference Finals.