The Denver Nuggets defeated NBA leaders, the Toronto Raptors 106-103, in one tough game, which truly met all the expectations of both media and the fans.
Nikola Jokic marked this one, as the Serbian international dominated on the floor, scoring three free-throws within the last seven seconds of the game, setting the final result.
Besides this, Jokic posted his second triple-double of the season with 23 points, 15 assists, and 11 rebounds. It’s his 18th triple-double performance since he entered the league.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 4, 2018
The Nuggets were constantly leading, with Toronto managing to be ahead on just three occasions during the entire contest. At one point the guests from Colorado were up 12 points, but as the game reached its ending, the home team increased the pressure.
Raptors had the last shot, but Kyle Lowry missed what was supposed to be a game-tying three-pointer. It was an awful night for Toronto’s point guard who scored just 5 points shooting 1 of 7 from the field, missing 5 downtown shots in 6 attempts.
In general, the whole home team was shooting pretty bad from beyond the three-point line, hitting only 11 times from 41 attempts.
After 8 victories in a row, Leonard and the boys had to lay down their weapons. The Claw delivered 27 points with 8 rebounds as well, while Serge Ibaka had 15, Pascal Siakam 14.
Besides Jokic, Denver had Jamal Murray who dropped 21 points and added eight assists and 7 rebounds. Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley had 15 points each.
— Andrew K (@COSportsNut) December 4, 2018
The Nuggets had one big setback during the contest when their leading scorer Gary Harris left after the end of the first quarter. The 24-year old had problems with his hip, and there is a possibility for him to miss several upcoming games.
It would be a huge blow for the injury-plagued Denver who already has several players sidelined for a long time, Isaiah Thomas, Jarred Vanderbilt, Michale Porter Jr., and Will Barton.
Up next, the Nuggets continue their tour through the East with a game in Orlando, then go to Charlotte and finish it against Atlanta.
The Raptors are hosting the 76ers on Thursday night, then go to Brooklyn and then meet with the Bucks in Canada, in the game between two best conference teams.