Nikola Jokic reaffirmed his MVP candidacy with a stellar 41-point performance, leading the Denver Nuggets (56-24) to a crucial 116-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves (55-25) and reclaiming the top spot in the Western Conference standings.

Facing tough defense from Rudy Gobert and Naz Reid, Jokic showcased his offensive prowess by shooting 16 of 20 from the field, adding 11 rebounds and seven assists to his impressive stat line.

Jamal Murray contributed 20 points, while Michael Porter Jr. chipped in with 18 points for the Nuggets.

Despite Anthony Edwards’ 25-point effort for Minnesota, the Timberwolves faltered in the fourth quarter as Denver’s reserves stepped up, highlighted by Peyton Watson’s six blocks and Christian Braun’s electrifying dunks.

Mike Conley contributed 19 points for Minnesota, while Rudy Gobert added 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Naz Reid had 13 points.

With the win, the Nuggets secured a one-game lead over Minnesota and Oklahoma City, positioning themselves as the team to beat in the fiercely competitive Western Conference.

Despite the setback, the Timberwolves remain confident with the imminent return of Karl-Anthony Towns from injury, poised to make a strong playoff push and challenge any opponent they face.