Jokic's Brilliant Performance Not Enough as Nuggets Fall to Rockets

The current champions have fallen into a result crisis, even the masterful games of Jokic are no longer enough to win

by Sededin Dedovic
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Jokic's Brilliant Performance Not Enough as Nuggets Fall to Rockets
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Nikola Jokic delivered another masterful performance, but his 38 points and 19 rebounds weren't enough to prevent the Denver Nuggets from suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets. The final score was 105:86.

We are watching a very bad game of the current champions, they look unrecognizable, of course, except for Jokic. But it requires team play and the commitment of the entire team, just like last season. Jokic was on the verge of a triple-double, falling just two assists short.

However, his teammates struggled to score, and the Nuggets were unable to overcome the Rockets' hot shooting from beyond the arc. The Rockets led from start to finish, and they built a commanding 17-point lead by halftime. They continued to pour it on in the second half, and the Nuggets never recovered.

Jalen Green led the Rockets with 25 points, while Alperen Sengun added 21 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists. For the Nuggets, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in with 20 points, and Michael Porter Jr. had 14.

This was the Nuggets' fifth loss in the last seven games

The loss was the Nuggets' fifth in their last seven games, and it was their second-heaviest defeat of the season.

The Nuggets will look to bounce back when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. There were a number of factors that contributed to the Nuggets' defeat. First, they were simply outplayed by the Rockets. Houston shot 42.9% from three-point range, and they outrebounded the Nuggets 55-43.

Second, the Nuggets' bench was outscored 31-8. Aaron Gordon, who is usually a key contributor for the Nuggets, had a horror game, shooting 0-for-12 from the field. Finally, the Nuggets were plagued by turnovers. They committed 19 turnovers, which led to 23 points for the Rockets.

Denver needs to improve its team play

The Nuggets need to find a way to improve their three-point shooting and rebounding. They also need to get more production from their bench. They can't afford to turn the ball over 19 times a game and expect to win.

Despite the loss, there were some positive takeaways for the Nuggets. Jokic continues to play at an MVP level. He is averaging 30.8 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 8.9 assists per game this season. Caldwell-Pope is also having a solid season.

He is averaging 15.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. If the Nuggets can get more production from their other players, they will be a tough team to beat.

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