Nikola Jokic makes NBA historical past with 79th triple-double of his profession


Nikola Jokic broke new floor on Thursday as he recorded one more triple-double within the Denver Nuggets’ 122-110 win over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.

The back-to-back MVP scored 15 factors with 13 rebounds and 13 assists to overhaul Wilt Chamberlain for essentially the most triple-doubles ever recorded by a middle.

Now on 79 for his profession, Jokic sits sixth within the all-time checklist behind LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook.

Regardless of his noteworthy achievement, the 27-year-old was not getting carried away.

“It’s nice being compared to a guy who is probably one of the best ever,” Jokic stated in an on-court interview when requested for his ideas on overtaking Chamberlain.

“It’s some kind of legacy that I leave behind, so it’s nice.”

Jokic, in his eighth season of the NBA, had a gradual begin to Thursday’s recreation towards the Thunder, scoring simply two factors within the first half.

Nevertheless, his Nuggets group went into the second half forward due to the spectacular efficiency of Aaron Gordon, who completed the evening on 27 factors.

Jamal Murray additionally added 24 factors for the Nuggets, who bounced again from defeat towards the LA Lakers.

The Thunder fought again within the third quarter on Thursday and have been main 95-93 heading into the fourth however the Nuggets reestablished their lead earlier than the top.

“Was it a complete 48 minutes? No,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone instructed reporters after the sport.

“But the thing I’m most proud about is that even when they were on that huge run in the third quarter and we just seemed to stop playing any defense and we turned the ball over ad nauseam, we regrouped. We didn’t panic.”

The Nuggets will host San Antonio Spurs on Saturday in its subsequent recreation with Jokic chasing down James, who sits fifth within the all-time triple-double checklist on 105.