Nikola Jokic may have achieved his best playoff career performance, but unfortunately for him, it was not enough to secure a win for the Denver Nuggets against the Phoenix Suns in Game 4. The Suns now tie the series 2-2 with a 129-124 victory over the Nuggets.
Jokic had an outstanding game, finishing with an impressive 53 points thanks to 20 field goals made on 30 attempted shots. He also added 11 assists, creating a total of 78 points. This combination of points and assists is unprecedented in NBA history for centers, and Jokic’s 53 points also place him in a small club.
According to SPN Stats & Info, Jokic’s 78 points (53 on his own and another 30 from his 11 assists on the night) represent the most ever by a center in NBA history. He also became the first player to close a game with 50 points and 10 assists in the playoffs.
This performance sets a new franchise record for Jokic in the playoffs, surpassing his previous best of 43 points that he achieved on a couple of occasions. Unfortunately, like tonight, the Nuggets lost both of those games.
Despite Jokic’s heroics, the Suns were able to maintain their lead thanks to outstanding performances from Devin Booker and Kevin Durant, who both had 36 points and double-doubles. The series now moves back to Colorado for Game 5, where the winner will have the first match point. However, regardless of the outcome, there will be at least one more challenge at the Footprint Center.
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