Nikola Jokic delivered another stellar performance, recording a triple-double of 30 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists, but the Denver Nuggets suffered a disappointing 124-119 loss to the Orlando Magic. The reigning MVP's impressive outing was overshadowed by an incident late in the game that left Jokic fuming and the Nuggets ultimately on the losing end.
With just over four minutes remaining and the score tied at 108, Jokic found himself in a precarious position under the basket, surrounded by a swarm of Magic defenders. As he attempted to lay the ball in, he was met with physical contact from multiple players, including Jalen Suggs, Gogo Bitadze, and Cole Anthony.
In the ensuing scramble for the ball, Anthony leaped from behind Jokic, knocking him to the floor. The Magic capitalized on the turnover, quickly pushing the ball down the court for a score. Meanwhile, Jokic engaged in a heated exchange with Suggs, who appeared to be deliberately trying to provoke the Nuggets' star player.
Frustration boiled over for Jokic, and he retaliated with a shove, earning a warning from the referees.
The incident was the turning point of the match
From that point on, the Magic seized control of the game, eventually securing the victory.
Jokic's exceptional individual performance was ultimately not enough to overcome the Nuggets' late-game struggles. Despite the loss, Jokic remained the Nuggets' most productive player. He was ably supported by Michael Porter Jr., who chipped in with 25 points, while Aaron Gordon added 15 points and 10 rebounds.
For the Magic, Franz Wagner led the way with 27 points, followed by Paolo Banchero with 23 points and Cole Anthony with 20 points. The Nuggets' record now stands at 10-5, placing them third in the Western Conference behind the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Interestingly, the Magic also boast a 10-5 record and occupy third place in the Eastern Conference standings. Orlando Magic are currently with a record of 10-5. Regardless of the referee's "injustice" towards Jokic, it must be admitted that Orlando was a more serious team and they managed to use all their chances.