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Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic Will get File 50 Triple-Doubles


The Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic in all probability received’t win this yr’s MVP, however he’s taking part in effectively sufficient to take dwelling the {hardware}.

Tuesday evening, Jokic put his title subsequent to a different NBA nice, Wilt Chamberlain, by turning into simply the second heart to report 50 triple-doubles.

The Joker had 37 factors, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in a 128-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

 

Chamberlain hit the mark in 703 video games, however the Joker managed the feat in simply 416 video games.

He’s simply the ninth participant to achieve the milestone and the third youngest behind Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson.

“It’s good, in fact,” mentioned Jokic of becoming a member of Chamberlain as the one two facilities. “It’s one thing that [for] my legacy to place behind me. It’s cool simply to be in that group of men, particularly with top-of-the-line gamers to ever play the sport. Only a good accomplishment.”

Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone had nothing however reward for the younger star.

“Nikola has 50 profession triple-doubles, however he additionally has 20 video games the place he missed a triple-double by both one rebound or one help. It simply speaks to his greatness,” Malone advised the Related Press. “The man doesn’t get fatigued. He doesn’t get drained. When he was out of the sport, he was within the huddles, he’s on the bench imploring his teammates to rebound and play protection and transfer the ball. When your greatest participant is doing that, that basically sends a message.”  The coach added, “It’s undoubtedly up there for greatest win of the yr.”

And the win couldn’t have come quickly sufficient. Whereas Jokic is averaging 27.3 factors, 11 rebounds, and eight.6 assists this season, the Nuggets sit within the seventh spot within the Western Convention at 20-15.

After making it to the Western Convention Finals final yr, many anticipated the younger workforce to do higher, and their report places a drag on any hopes Jokic has for scoring the MVP this season.

The Nuggets hope to proceed their successful methods Thursday towards the Indiana Pacers.