Nikola Jokic managed to become the 4th player in the history of NBA to score a triple-double in their playoff debut. He is also the first one since 2006 when LeBron James had reached this mark. Talking about what it felt like for him, he said, “to be honest, nothing.”
Well not to him, it still mattered to the San Antonio Spurs who won over the Denver Nuggets by 101-96 on Saturday night in their Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff series.
Jokic’s achievements were also accompanied by his teammates’ efforts such as LaMarcus Aldridge’s close defense, DeMarre Rozan leading team with his 18 points and Derrick White managing a steal in the closing seconds along with all the shots Nuggets could not make.
Jokic managed to score 11 points along with 14 rebounds and 14 assists. The reason for the low score was because Jokic make 9 shots and 4 of them completed limiting him to 10 points.
Gregg Popovich, Spurs coach said, “we did not let Jokic play the way he wanted as well as they did not let play LaMarcus play like he wanted to. It is important for them to play because they are both great players and are going to receive a lot of attention in the rest of the season.”
Game 2 will be played on Tuesday in Denver.