Jokic’s Nuggets seal the series against the Timberwolves

Nikola Jokic’s Denver Nuggets sealed their qualification for the West Semifinals (4-1) on Tuesday by defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves (112-109) at home and in a thrilling game.

With the game tied at 104-104 and just 1.12 to go, Jokic put the Nuggets behind with two consecutive baskets on the crucial stretch (one of them with an extra free throw) to overcome the resistance of a Wolves who fought to the end . and that they had a triple by Anthony Edwards to force overtime.

The Serbian center recorded a triple-double with 28 points (8 of 29 shots), 17 rebounds and 12 assists, though the leading scorer for the Nuggets (first in the West) was Jamal Murray with 35 points.

Edwards (29 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists), the Dominican Karl-Anthony Towns (26 points and 11 rebounds) and Rudy Gobert (16 points and 15 rebounds) were the most notable of the Wolves (eighth).

With no margin for error, the Wolves, with Edwards at the helm, came into the game like a whirlwind and managed to collect 15 points in an excellent first quarter for the visitors.

The Nuggets, on the other hand, began to sleep and couldn’t find a way to stop Minnesota (13 of 22 shooting) or a way to smear their own offense (7 of 21).

However, the team from Amsterdam limited the damage of their bad first period and ended those meager 12 minutes with a manageable margin (22-29).

Jokic, one of the most effective players against the basket in the NBA, drew a very weak first half, taking 2 of 10 shots and only 8 points.

Despite this, the Nuggets responded on both sides of the field, drying up the Wolves offense (only 18 points in the second quarter) and being led by a fiery Murray in the second period with 12 points.

Denver closed the gap on the scoreboard and took the lead before going to the locker room (48-47).

In the third quarter, neither team managed to put a gap despite Murray extending his good moment (12 points in that period) with Jokic now inspired (10) while Towns (11) pushed for a step in the visitors early.

The first quarter started 77-77 and the tie was maintained until the last minute, when Jokic’s quality and the Nuggets’ confidence in the free throws were essential to eliminate the Wolves.

Source: El heraldo