The Denver Nuggets (14-6) secured a hard-fought victory against the Phoenix Suns (11-8), prevailing 119-111 in a game that saw Nikola Jokic’s impressive blend of facilitation and scoring.
Nikola Jokic orchestrated the Nuggets’ offense with finesse, amassing 21 points and an impressive 16 assists, showcasing his playmaking prowess. The two-time MVP’s contribution proved pivotal, especially in the late stages of the game.
Despite the Nuggets building a substantial first-half lead, the Suns, without Devin Booker and Bradley Beal, mounted a spirited comeback in the second half.
Kevin Durant, on a night where he ascended to 10th place on the NBA’s career scoring list, led the Suns’ charge with 30 points.
Down 17 points in the first half, the Suns narrowed the gap to 94-91 entering the fourth quarter. The game remained intensely competitive, with Phoenix tying the score three times in the final period.
Jokic, along with Michael Porter Jr., played a crucial role in securing the victory for the Nuggets. Both players delivered clutch performances, making key baskets to maintain Denver’s lead.
Jusuf Nurkic led the Suns with a season-high 31 points. However, his fouling out in the closing moments, following a charge that was upgraded to a Flagrant 1, allowed Jokic to seal the game with two free throws.
Despite missing key players like Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon, the Nuggets showcased their depth, with all five starters scoring at least 15 points.