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From the Ashes: Nikola Jokic’s Stellar Play Propels Nuggets to New Heights

Nicola Jokic : Denver (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 40 points to earn his third NBA MVP title, and the Denver Nuggets shut down Anthony Edwards in a 112-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. This moved the reigning NBA champions one win away from reaching the Western Conference finals.

Jokic also had 13 assists and seven rebounds while committing no mistakes as the home team triumphed for the first time in the semifinals. Jamal Murray scored sixteen, and Aaron Gordon added eighteen points and ten rebounds.

Edwards was limited to 18 points on 5 of 15 shooting. Karl Anthony-Towns led the Wolves’ scoring with 23 points, while Rudy Gobert had 18.
To force a return trip to Denver for Game 7, the Wolves, who are now on a three-game losing streak of their own, will need to end their run Thursday night at Target Centre.
Denver had a 50-44 lead at the half thanks to 19 points from Jokic, who received his third MVP trophy from commissioner Adam Silver at a pregame ceremony. When the Nuggets extended their lead to 14 points in the third quarter, he scored 16 more points.

Denver led 98-80 after Jokic’s dunk with 7:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. After the Wolves went on a mini-run to go up 103-92, Jokic sank a 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer over a hapless Gobert, who recently won his fourth NBA Defensive Player of the Year title, to give the Timberwolves a 14-point lead with little over 3 minutes left.
After the Wolves pulled ahead 55-53 early in the third quarter, Jokic assisted on four consecutive baskets during Denver’s 11-2 rally, giving the team a 64-57 lead that would last the rest of the game.

 

Nikola Jokic scored 40 points to earn his third NBA MVP title, and the Denver Nuggets shut down Anthony Edwards in a 112-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

“Edwards produced an average of 33.3 points in the first four games of the series, so the Wolves were hoping someone else could step up.” Despite KAT’s success, Edwards was unable to find his shooting form early on, missing eight of his nine attempts before halftime. He didn’t improve until the Timberwolves were well up in the game.

Minnesota will now return to Target Centre, where it won Games 3 and 4 in front of a sold-out crowd eager to see the franchise make its first Western Conference finals trip since 2004.

“Coach Chris Finch optimistic about Conley’s return for Game 6 and urges Edwards to step up. who has three 40-point games this playoff season.
Despite Minnesota’s first three-game losing skid of the season, Edwards’ self-assurance remained unshaken.

Before his backbreaking three-pointer over Gobert, Jokic took a walk through the paint for a thunderous dunk, cocking the ball behind his head with both hands. Jokic let himself a cheeky smile while narrating his uncommon aerial achievement, after maintaining a straight face throughout the MVP prize presentation.

 

 

Denver (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 40 points to earn his third NBA MVP title, and the Denver Nuggets shut down Anthony Edwards in a 112-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. This moved the reigning NBA champions one win away from reaching the Western Conference finals.

Jokic also had 13 assists and seven rebounds while committing no mistakes as the home team triumphed for the first time in the semifinals. Jamal Murray scored sixteen, and Aaron Gordon added eighteen points and ten rebounds.

Edwards was limited to 18 points on 5 of 15 shooting. Karl Anthony-Towns led the Wolves’ scoring with 23 points, while Rudy Gobert had 18.

To force a return trip to Denver for Game 7, the Wolves, who are now on a three-game losing streak of their own, will need to end their run Thursday night at Target Centre.

Denver had a 50-44 lead at the half thanks to 19 points from Jokic, who received his third MVP trophy from commissioner Adam Silver at a pregame ceremony. When the Nuggets extended their lead to 14 points in the third quarter, he scored 16 more points.

Denver led 98-80 after Jokic’s dunk with 7:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. After the Wolves went on a mini-run to go up 103-92, Jokic sank a 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer over a hapless Gobert, who recently won his fourth NBA Defensive Player of the Year title, to give the Timberwolves a 14-point lead with little over 3 minutes left.
After the Wolves pulled ahead 55-53 early in the third quarter, Jokic assisted on four consecutive baskets during Denver’s 11-2 rally, giving the team a 64-57 lead that would last the rest of the game.

“Edwards produced an average of 33.3 points in the first four games of the series, so the Wolves were hoping someone else could step up.” Despite KAT’s success, Edwards was unable to find his shooting form early on, missing eight of his nine attempts before halftime. He didn’t improve until the Timberwolves were well up in the game.

Minnesota will now return to Target Centre, where it won Games 3 and 4 in front of a sold-out crowd eager to see the franchise make its first Western Conference finals trip since 2004.

“Coach Chris Finch optimistic about Conley’s return for Game 6 and urges Edwards to step up. who has three 40-point games this playoff season.
Despite Minnesota’s first three-game losing skid of the season, Edwards’ self-assurance remained unshaken.

Before his backbreaking three-pointer over Gobert, Jokic took a walk through the paint for a thunderous dunk, cocking the ball behind his head with both hands. Jokic let himself a cheeky smile while narrating his uncommon aerial achievement, after maintaining a straight face throughout the MVP prize presentation.

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