NBA’s reigning MVP Nikola Jokic played a key role in the Denver Nuggets’ 130-128 win against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.
Jokic, 26, scored 49 points, took 14 rebounds, and made 10 assists to have a crucial impact on the Nuggets’ overtime victory in Denver’s Ball Arena.
The Clippers were leading the game 114-112 after Reggie Jackson hit a driving floating jump shot in the paint.
With 26.9 seconds remaining to the buzzer in the fourth quarter, Nuggets’ Will Barton scored a driving layup to tie the game.
The regular time was 114-114, so overtime decided the winner.
Jokic fed his teammate Aaron Gordon as the 26-year-old power forward hit a tiebreaking three-pointer from sideline with 1.7 seconds left in the overtime, 130-127.
Then Clippers’ Luke Kennard scored a free throw after a technical foul to make it 128-130.
Not much time left for the Clippers as the visitors had to rush after Kennard’s score. Jackson had the ball to make a half-court shot for a final chance, but he missed it.
So the Nuggets were the victors by 130-128.
In addition to Jokic, Gordon racked up 28 points for Denver.
The Clippers were led by Ivica Zubac, who bagged 32 points.
The Croatian center grabbed 10 rebounds as well.
LA Clippers point guard Jackson tallied 28 points and 12 assists.
The Nuggets are in the sixth spot in the Western Conference with 23 wins and 20 losses.
Meanwhile another team from West, Clippers are going 22-24 to come ninth in standings.
– Embiid scores 50 points, Sixers sink Magic
The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Orlando Magic 123-110 at home as Joel Embiid was on fire, scoring 50 points for the winning team.
A four-time NBA All-Star, Embiid, 27, has tied his career-high after tallying 50 points at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia.
He had also 12 rebounds.
Mo Bamba led the Magic with 32 points.
Philadelphia got their 26th win to be in the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference. They previously lost 18 games this season.
Orlando are in the last place, having 8-38 win/loss record.
Philadelphia 76ers – Orlando Magic: 123-110
Washington Wizards – Brooklyn Nets: 118-119
Miami Heat – Portland Trail Blazers: 104-92
Atlanta Hawks – Minnesota Timberwolves: 134-122
Boston Celtics – Charlotte Hornets: 102-111
Chicago Bulls – Cleveland Cavaliers: 117-104
Milwaukee Bucks – Memphis Grizzlies: 126-114
San Antonio Spurs – Oklahoma City Thunder: 118-96
Dallas Mavericks – Toronto Raptors: 102-98
Utah Jazz – Houston Rockets: 111-116
Sacramento Kings – Detroit Pistons: 131-133
Denver Nuggets – Los Angeles Clippers: 130-128 (Overtime)
Los Angeles Lakers – Indiana Pacers: 104-111
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