Nikola Jokic Mirrors Wilt's Feat: Perfect FG in Triple-Double Triumph

Rising Star Watson Shines in Nuggets' Impressive Victory.

by Nouman Rasool
Nikola Jokic Mirrors Wilt's Feat: Perfect FG in Triple-Double Triumph
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In a stunning display of skill and precision, Nikola Jokic led the Denver Nuggets to a resounding 142-105 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, marking their highest point total of the season. Jokic's flawless performance from the field and the free-throw line, tallying 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists, underlined the night's dominance.

Jokic's accuracy was unparalleled, going 11 for 11 from the field, including a successful 3-point attempt, and maintaining a perfect record at the free-throw line. This remarkable showing comes on the heels of another near-perfect game, where Jokic hit all 18 of his free throws in a win against Golden State.

Historically, Jokic's achievement aligns him with the legendary Wilt Chamberlain. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was Jokic's third career triple-double with a 100% field goal percentage, equaling Chamberlain's record.

ESPN Stats & Information notes that he also matched Chamberlain's record for recording a 25-point triple-double with perfect field-goal shooting in the shot clock era. Jokic's career now boasts 116 regular-season triple-doubles, placing him fourth in NBA history.

He stands just 22 triple-doubles behind Magic Johnson for the third spot, trailing Russell Westbrook and Oscar Robertson. Reflecting on his performance, Jokic humbly acknowledged the unpredictable nature of the game. "It's a miss and make game," he said.

"Today I made all of my shots. It's not going to be a lot of those nights."

Watson's Career-High Score

The Nuggets' triumph also featured a notable contribution from second-year player Peyton Watson, who scored a season-high 20 points.

Watson, inspired by Jokic's prowess, remarked on the frequency of witnessing triple-doubles since playing alongside him. The Grizzlies faced challenges, missing key player Ja Morant due to illness. Morant's absence was felt, as the team had won all four games since his season debut.

Denver coach Michael Malone recognized the advantage but praised his team's focus and execution. Desmond Bane led Memphis with 23 points, while Marcus Smart added 17. The Grizzlies' struggle without Morant was evident, holding a 6-20 record in his absence.

For Denver, Jamal Murray continued his scoring streak, contributing 23 points and nine assists. His 10 points in the third quarter helped the Nuggets extend their lead, a lead they maintained throughout the game. Coach Malone commended Jokic's team-first attitude, highlighting his joy in his teammates' successes.

"He takes more joy in his teammates' success [than his own]," Malone stated, underlining Jokic's selflessness. The Nuggets, now on a six-game winning streak, showcased their strength and cohesion in a game that reinforced Jokic's status as a key player in NBA history.

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