Russell Westbrook says Nikola Jokic being able to impact the game in multiple ways is one of the big reasons why frequently records a triple-double. On Monday night, the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Denver Nuggets on the road.
Even though Jokic attempted just five shots from the field, he made all of them and also went 3-of-3 from the free-throw line to finish with 14 points. Also, Jokic had 11 rebounds and 16 assists as the Nuggets beat the Lakers 122-109.
With 181 career triple-doubles, Westbrook is tied with Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in NBA history. After playing the Nuggets, Westbrook was asked about what makes Jokic a special player.
Westbrook: Jokic does more than scoring
He’s able to see, make plays. And as you know, you don’t have to score the ball to impact winning. And he does a good job of setting his guys up and the guys around him are ready making the game easy for him," Westbrook said.
Meanwhile, the Lakers were without their top two stars against the Nuggets as LeBron James and Anthony Davis were out. But after the Lakers picked up a 13-point defeat to the Nuggets, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham praised his guys for their competitiveness and effort.
“Kudos our guys – they kept fighting and just had a couple of bad turnovers, couple balls that didn’t go our way, couple shots didn’t go down. The group that was out there, they were competitive, then gave it their all until we couldn’t give anymore," Ham said.
For the Lakers, Westbrook had the best performance even though he came off the bench. In 31 minutes on the floor, Westbrook had a team-high of 25 points. Also, Westbrook collected seven rebounds and seven assists. Following the loss to the Nuggets, the Lakers fell to a 19-22 record. With that record, the Lakers are the 12th-best team in the Western Conference.