Nikola Jokic's phenomenal triple-double was not enough for Denver to avoid a 123:117 loss to Sacramento in the continuation of the NBA championship. For Sacramento, the best were DeAaron Fox and Malik Monk with 26 points each.
The two of them led their team to victory with really good team play. Denver now has a record of 14 wins and seven losses, and Sacramento is 11:7. Although this is a good score, it is certain that neither of them are satisfied and have big ambitions this season.
Jokic scored 36 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists in 38 minutes on the court. In Denver, which again played without Jamal Murray, only Reggie Jackson stood out with 20 points.
No 3-pointers for Denver in the first half
For the first time since 2014, the Nuggets didn't hit a single 3-pointer in the first half.
It just seems unbelievable for one game in the NBA, but it happened that the Denver Nuggets did not make a single three-pointer in the entire first half of the match against the Sacramento Kings tonight. It is even more interesting because it is the champion team from last season.
Namely, they shot 0/9 for three in the first half and it is the first time that Denver has not made a shot from distance in the first half since the match against the Indiana Pacers back on December 20, 2014. During that time, Sacramento managed to make a plus of 27 points only from distance, as they made 9/17 three-pointers in this match in the first half.
That was the deciding factor for Sacramento to record another victory. The result, however, was not so disastrous for Denver on the big break as it could be said from this data, since Sacramento led with "only" +14 (64:50).
This is the fifth time this season that Denver has lost by more than 10 points on the big break. Kings was simply the better team this night and deservedly scored new important points. The Denver Nuggets' next game is against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, and the Sacramento Kings' next game is against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.