Nikola Jokic broke new ground on Thursday as he recorded one more triple-double within the Denver Nuggets’ 122-110 win over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.
The back-to-back MVP scored 15 factors with 13 rebounds and 13 assists to overhaul Wilt Chamberlain for essentially the most triple-doubles ever recorded by a middle.
Now on 79 for his profession, Jokic sits sixth within the all-time checklist behind LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook.
Regardless of his noteworthy achievement, the 27-year-old was not getting carried away.
“It’s good being in comparison with a man who might be probably the greatest ever,” Jokic mentioned in an on-court interview when requested for his ideas on overtaking Chamberlain.
“It’s some sort of legacy that I depart behind, so it’s good.”
Jokic, in his eighth season of the NBA, had a gradual begin to Thursday’s sport towards the Thunder, scoring simply two factors within the first half.
Nevertheless, his Nuggets staff went into the second half forward due to the spectacular efficiency of Aaron Gordon, who completed the evening on 27 factors.
Jamal Murray additionally added 24 factors for the Nuggets, who bounced again from defeat towards the LA Lakers.
The Thunder fought again within the third quarter on Thursday and had been main 95-93 heading into the fourth however the Nuggets reestablished their lead earlier than the top.
“Was it an entire 48 minutes? No,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone informed reporters after the sport.
“However the factor I’m most proud about is that even after they had been on that vast run within the third quarter and we simply appeared to cease taking part in any protection and we turned the ball over advert nauseam, we regrouped. We didn’t panic.”
The Nuggets will host San Antonio Spurs on Saturday in its subsequent sport with Jokic chasing down James, who sits fifth within the all-time triple-double checklist on 105.