Last night was a night to remember for basketball fans, as the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers secured victories in the Western Conference of the NBA playoffs.
Nikola Jokic Leads Nuggets to Victory Over Phoenix Suns
In the second game of the series, the Denver Nuggets took on the Phoenix Suns in front of their home crowd and emerged victorious with a final score of 97:87.
The Nuggets were led to this triumph by none other than center Nikola Jokic, who had a standout performance with 39 points, 16 rebounds, and 5 assists. Nuggets coach Michael Malone was full of praise for Jokic, saying, “Nikola's an MVP for a reason.
He can take over a game. He can beat you in a lot of ways... I love a guy who's getting to the basket, imposing his will upon the other team”. Malone went on to say, “If he wins [the MVP award], we will be celebrating and very happy for him because it’d be a huge accomplishment”.
Devin Booker was the top scorer for the Suns with 35 points, but it was not enough to secure a win for the team. The series now moves to Phoenix, where the next two games will be played.
76ers Stun Celtics with 119:115 Victory
In the other game of the night, the Philadelphia 76ers surprised fans with a 119:115 victory over the Boston Celtics.
James Harden led the way for the 76ers, scoring 45 points and proving to be an unsolvable enigma for the Celtics defense. 76ers coach Doc Rivers credited the team's success to their street fighting mentality, saying, “That’s the difference between this year’s team and last year’s team.
We have a bunch of street fighters." Jayson Tatum led the way for the Celtics with 39 points, but it was not enough to secure a win for the team. The next game will be played on Wednesday night, with the Celtics playing host in their TD Garden.
“They hit big shots and I think they were just in a rhythm throughout the whole game,” Tatum said. “It was a dogfight,” Maxey said. "Everybody that stepped on the court for us was a fighter and we came out on top”.