Nikola Jokic Dominates the Warriors With Monstrous Triple-Double in Historic Win


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The single-team record for threes in a game was tied last night during the Denver Nuggets' matchup with the Golden State Warriors.

And the feat wasn't accomplished by the back-to-back NBA Finals participants.

No, behind budding superstar Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets, despite playing without five teammates—including leading scorer Danilo Gallinari, third-leading scorer Wilson Chandler, and starting point guard Emmanuel Mudiay—connected on a record-tying 24 three-pointers in a 132-110 dismantling of the Western Conference champs.

While the center didn't contribute to the long-distance barrage (though he's capable of it—shooting 36.3 percent from deep), Jokic dominated in other facets, dropping a beastly triple-double of 17 points, 21 rebounds, and 12 assists, with many of those dimes leading to open triples.

In his last 15 games, Jokic is averaging video-game numbers: 23.4 points on 58.7 percent shooting and 39 percent from three, 11.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.1 blocks. The 25-30 Nuggets are 10-5 in those games.

"We just wanted to get after them, challenge them on offense and defense. It just so happened that we hit a lot of 3s. So, we just kept rolling with it," said Will Barton, who hit four threes in a rare start. "But we never come into a game, especially with a team like that and just want to outshoot them from beyond the arc because that's what they do."

Jokic's fellow 21-year-old European big man, Juancho Hernangomez, drilled six of those triples in just his third start ever for a career-high 27 points.

On the Warriors side, Stephen Curry was particularly off, shooting 4-of-18 for 11 points without runningmate Klay Thompson, who sat with a bruised heel. Reserve guard Shaun Livingston missed the game to be there for the birth of his child.

"I felt confident, every shot I took felt like it was going in," Curry said. "Just got served a humble slice of cupcake."