Nikola Jokic is the champion of the Blazers

After profitable twice at house in opposition to Dallas, the Blazers headed to the Rockies, the place a snowstorm didn’t cease native followers from heading to the sector. They did properly as their workforce claimed their 14th consecutive house win (122-113) with Nikola Jokic’s new triple-double (36 factors, 12 rebounds, 10 assists).

Quite the opposite, Damian Lillard didn’t spare his mount, nonetheless, scoring 44 factors along with 8 assists. The Blazers chief already had 30 factors at halftime, however his workforce lacked response with Anfernee Simons throughout (14 factors on 5/15 on photographs) and Jusuf Nurkic clearly dominated by his former teammate.

It wasn’t till late within the third quarter that the Nuggets had been in a position to actually create a last lead, beneath the momentum of the great Michael Porter Jr. (23 factors). He was additionally joined by Jamal Murray (17 factors, 7 assists) and Aaron Gordon (11 factors, 8 assists, 7 rebounds), which was not the case with the “backing solid” from Portland.

Again house in Denver, the place he had simply inaugurated a corridor named after him at his former highschool, Chauncey Billups suffered his eighth straight loss outdoors of his divisions…

WHAT TO REMEMBER

“The Nuggets proceed to dominate at house. We all know the Nuggets have a “pure” benefit at house, with a “Mile Excessive Metropolis” elevation. However Denver provides to that momentum. With out their coach Mike Malone positioned in solitary confinement, the Nuggets achieved their 14th consecutive house win, boosting their house document to twenty–3. One other convincing stat: The Nuggets are undefeated (13-0) as Jokic sees a triple!

– Damian Lillard very lonely. This was already one of many fears at first of the season and is confirmed because the months go by: is not Damian Lillard losing his expertise in Portland’s loneliness? The at the moment in nice form quarterback had no level help, whereas Jusuf Nurkic (6 factors), Josh Hart (4 factors) and his lieutenants Simons and Grant had been too clumsy.

TOPS/SLOPES

Nikola Jokic. After his triple-double, together with the profitable shot in opposition to Orlando, Jokic recorded a brand new nice efficiency in opposition to Portland at the moment: 36 factors, 12 rebounds, 10 assists! The double MVP finally ends up with an obscene 13/14 on placing, his solely miss behind the arc, plus a 9/10 on capturing for a monstrous 54!

Damian Lillard. Already 30 factors within the first half, 8/12 on photographs, he confirmed that he’s at the moment on the prime of his recreation, ending with 44 factors and eight assists, his sixth consecutive recreation over 30. Sadly, he did not have a lot help from his teammates and he additionally gave up within the second half (14 factors).

Aaron Gordon. If Michael Porter Jr. confirms his return to the fore with 23 factors, we choose to emphasise the flexibility of Gordon, who nonetheless shines simply as robust subsequent to the Joker. With 11 factors, 7 rebounds and eight assists, the previous Magic lastly led Jokic to his workforce’s equalizer.

Yusuf Nurkic. If he began an enemy three, he was slightly discreet, properly held by Jokic whereas the latter (once more) carried out a music for him on the opposite facet of the sector. Dominated by his direct opponent’s double MVP, Jusuf Nurkic completed with a slender 2/9 on 6-point capturing, 10 rebounds and 4 stray bullets (and 5 fouls)…

Anfernee Simons. With a 2/10 three-pointer and 5/15 total, he wasn’t aiming. Considering 14 factors scored for 15 photographs fired, this ratio is after all not ideally suited, removed from ideally suited!

FOLLOWING

Denver (31-13) : Wolves social gathering tonight.

Portland (21-23) : Begin of six-game house streak in opposition to Philly on Thursday.

Denver / / 122 Arrows Reflections
gamers min Arrows 3 factors LF ABOUT d T south fete int bishop Ct +/- pt analysis
A. Gordon 32 3/8 0/1 5/5 2 5 7 8 0 1 2 1 +20 11 21
M. Porter Jr. 31 9/13 4/6 1/1 0 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 +21 23 23
N. Jokic 34 13/14 1/2 9/10 2 10 12 10 2 1 4 1 +19 36 54
J. Murray thirty 6/15 3/7 2/2 0 5 5 7 1 2 0 1 +13 17 23
Ok. Caldwell-Pope 32 2/9 0/3 5/5 0 1 1 3 4 3 0 1 +16 9 10
Z.Nnaji 14 3/8 1/4 0/2 6 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 -10 7 6
J. White 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -7 0 -1
B. Brown 29 5/9 1/2 1/3 1 3 4 1 2 1 2 1 +5 12 11
V. Most cancers 16 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 -11 0 1
B. Hyland 16 2/10 1/7 0/0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 -7 5 1
D. Reed 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -7 2 1
C. Brown 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -7 0 0
44/88 32.11 23/28 11 31 42 32 15 8 11 6 122 150
Portland / / 113 Arrows Reflections
gamers min Arrows 3 factors LF ABOUT d T south fete int bishop Ct +/- pt analysis
J. Grant 33 15.07 2/4 2/3 0 4 4 2 3 2 0 0 -15 18 17
J. Nurkic 29 2/9 1/4 1/1 2 8 10 2 5 0 4 2 -21 6 9
D. Lillard 34 20.12 6/12 14/14 0 3 3 8 4 0 2 0 -20 44 45
J. Hart 29 2/5 0/2 0/0 0 6 6 4 2 0 1 0 -22 4 10
A. Simons 37 5/15 2/10 2/2 0 2 2 2 3 0 4 0 -6 14 4
D. Eubanks 16 3/4 0/0 0/0 1 2 3 0 1 1 0 2 +6 6 11
T. Watford 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +6 2 2
G. Brown III 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +6 0 0
J. Walker 6 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +11 0 0
N. Small 12 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 -1
G. Payton II 18 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 4 5 2 2 0 1 0 +4 0 4
Ok. Johnson 2 0/1 0/1 4/4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 +6 4 4
S. Sharpe 18 5/7 2/4 1/1 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 13 12
Whole 38/83 13/40 24/25 5 thirty 35 21 24 3 13 4 113 117

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