Despite Nurkic's Season-High Performance, Nuggets Secure Victory over Suns

The match was marked by an unsportsmanlike foul by Nurkic on Nikola Jokic at the end of the game

by Sededin Dedovic
Despite Nurkic's Season-High Performance, Nuggets Secure Victory over Suns
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In a thrilling road win, the Denver Nuggets topped the Phoenix Suns 119-111, thanks in large part to another masterful performance from Nikola Jokic. The Serbian superstar put up rounded stats of 21 points, 15 assists and five rebounds, showing off his exceptional playmaking abilities and knack for orchestrating his team's offense.

Jokic's impact was felt throughout the game, as he consistently created open looks for his teammates and kept the Nuggets offense in rhythm. His 15 assists were his second-best performance of the season, highlighting his ability to lift those around him.

The rest of the team contributed, as Reggie Jackson scored 20 points and four other players were in double figures. Michael Porter Jr. added 19 points, Caldwell-Pope and Monte Morris scored 15 points each, and Bones Hyland had 11 points.

Great team play by the Nuggets.

Jusuf Nurkic was masterful despite the foul

Despite the impressive performances of the Nuggets supporting cast, it was Jokic who took control of the game down the stretch. With the score tied in the last minutes, the Bosnian representative Jusuf Nurkic committed an unsportsmanlike foul on Jokic and elbowed him in the face.

Jokic calmly sank the free throw and then scored two more points on the next possession to give the Nuggets the lead for good. The Suns made a valiant comeback in the closing minutes, but Jokic's late-game heroics sealed the win for Denver.
While Jokic was the driving force behind the Nuggets' win, the Suns also had their share of outstanding performances.

Nurkic played a great game, scoring a season-high 31 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin Durant, who recently became the 10th leading scorer in NBA history, added 30 points and 11 assists. Despite the individual brilliance of Nurkic and Durant, the Suns could not overcome the balanced attack of the Nuggets.

The Nuggets' victory extended their winning streak to four games and cemented their position as one of the top contenders in the Western Conference. The Denver Nuggets' next game is against the Sacramento Kings, and The Phoenix Suns' next game is against the Memphis Grizzlies. Both games will be played tomorrow, December 3.

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