Denver Nuggets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-118

January 19, 2023

With 55.9 seconds left, Jamal Murray sank the game-winning floater. Nikola Jokic broke Denver’s record for assists en route to his 14th triple-double campaign, and the Nuggets rallied to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-118 on Wednesday night.


Despite his foul issues, Jokic finished with 31 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds. The two-time defending NBA MVP beat Alex English for the most assists in team history. Jokic has recorded 3,686 career assists in 568 games, while English recorded 3,679 over 837 games while wearing a Denver uniform.


Jokic’s teammates acknowledged the accomplishment.


Murray, who finished with 28 points, said, “We clapped. There are a lot of passes there. That’s pretty impressive.”


English concurred with this view.


“I knew that my record for most assists would eventually be surpassed. I feel privileged to witness a two-time, three-time NBA MVP perform. Congratulations, big fella,” English wrote on Twitter.


Never one to spend too much time thinking about personal accomplishments, Jokic said he valued this mark.


Jokic, whose teammates intend to autograph the ball for him, said, “When you have a lot of assists, it just shows that you’re a good team player. I want to be someone like that. I want to be known as a guy who was a great team player, and that’s how I want to be remembered.”


The Western Conference-leading Nuggets, currently winning at home, were helped by Murray’s heroics late on.


With 2:05 left, Murray made a 3-pointer to tie the game as the Nuggets were down 118-115. He followed up by hitting a driving floater to give Denver a lead that it would not lose.


In the second game of a back-to-back, Denver’s Bruce Brown finished with 16 points. Coach Michael Malone of the Nuggets continued to follow the NBA’s health and safety guidelines for a second straight game. As interim head coach, David Adelman stepped in.


‘Winning ugly. Winning appearance. Adelman asked, “Who cares? Win by a good team.”


Adelman likened Murray and Jokic’s partnership to that of Karl Malone and John Stockton in the present. It’s difficult to determine who would represent who, though, given the way Jokic passes.


Murray joked, “I don’t think Stockton can score like me. Because they try to protect us in so many different ways, I believe we are exceptional.”


Jaden McDaniels’ 18 points were the most among the seven Minnesota players in double figures. Early in the second half, the Timberwolves had a 10-point lead.


“I’m mad. Anthony Edwards scored 16 points on 7 of 17 shooting from the field and 0 of 4 from 3-point range; he expressed his rage that the team lost because of his poor performance. Without a doubt, I could have assisted us.”


For Jokic, the first quarter was eventful as he had a basket taken away on the review (shot-clock violation) and an offensive foul overturned by a challenge. Despite this, he still managed to score 13 points and dish out five assists, one of which was a long pass that Brown slam-dunked.


Adelman remarked, “He has a mind like John Stockton in a 7-foot body.

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