(Photo : Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – Nikola Jokic (#15) of the Denver Nuggets leaves the courtroom after defeating the Phoenix Suns 125-100 in sport six of the Western Conference Semifinal Playoffs at Footprint Center on May 11, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Nikola Jokic’s eleventh profession playoff triple-double was the principle catalyst because the Denver Nuggets eradicated the Phoenix Suns in a blowout Game 6 victory, 125-100, to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
The battered Suns could not overcome Nikola Jokic and his eleventh profession playoff triple-double in Game 6.
Breakdown from @RyanYoung44 ➡️ https://t.co/RYuNFr1bS6 pic.twitter.com/7hghv9Y0Vs
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) May 12, 2023
The Serbian notched 32 factors, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists whereas taking pictures a extremely environment friendly 13-of-18 from the sphere.
Joker now has extra 30-point triple-doubles within the playoffs than each heart in NBA historical past mixed. pic.twitter.com/YddwNo2XKl
— StatMuse (@statmuse) May 12, 2023
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Nikola Jokic Torches the Suns
Jokic’s sensible Game 6 was not his solely dazzling efficiency in opposition to the Suns. It was already his third triple-double and second consecutive of the Western Conference Semifinals matchup.
Nicknamed “Joker,” he additionally dropped double digits in three statistical classes in Games 3 and 5 in opposition to Phoenix en path to averaging a triple-double for the whole collection.
Nikola Jokić averaged a triple double within the collection vs. the Suns 👏
◾️ 24 PTS | 19 REB | 5 AST
◾️ 39 PTS | 16 REB | 5 AST
◾️ 30 PTS | 17 REB | 17 AST
◾️ 53 PTS | 4 REB | 11 AST
◾️ 29 PTS | 13 REB | 12 AST
◾️ 32 PTS | 10 REB | 12 AST pic.twitter.com/A0A5xl9mzb
— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) May 12, 2023
The 6’11 heart additionally scored a playoff career-best 53 factors, albeit within the Game 4 loss.
Jokic averaged 34.5 factors, 13.2 rebounds, and 10.3 assists in six video games in opposition to the Suns.
With this feat, he joins LeBron James and Russell Westbrook as the one gamers to common a 30+ level triple-double in a playoff collection. Jokic is the one participant to do that whereas successful the collection.
Only 3 gamers in NBA historical past have averaged a 30+ level triple-double in a Playoff collection.
LeBron James – 2017 NBA Finals
33.6 PTS, 12 REB, 10 AST
Russell Westbrook – 2017 WC First Round
37.4 PTS, 11.6 REB, 10.8 AST
Nikola Jokic – 2023 WC Semifinals
34.5 PTS, 13.2 REB, 10.3… pic.twitter.com/8Ly8lkbu2W
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) May 12, 2023
The large man has been sensational for Denver this postseason, together with his pinpoint passing, clutch baskets, and well timed rebounds serving to the Nuggets go deep within the playoffs this yr.
With the win, the Nuggets are eagerly ready for the winner of the Warriors-Lakers collection within the different bracket for his or her Western Conference Finals opponent.
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