MILWAUKEE (AP) — Nikola Jokic reached a career milestone and helped the Denver Nuggets snap the Milwaukee Bucks’ five-game winning streak in emphatic fashion.
Jokic had 37 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his 50th career triple-double and the Nuggets trounced the Bucks 128-97 yesterday. Jokic has nine triple-doubles this season.
The only other NBA player to collect at least 50 triple-doubles while primarily playing center was Wilt Chamberlain.
“It just speaks to his greatness.,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.
“The guy doesn’t get fatigued. He doesn’t get tired. When he was out of the game, he was in the huddles, he’s on the bench imploring his teammates to rebound and play defence and move the ball. When your best player is doing that, that really sends a message.”
Jamal Murray added 24 points as the Nuggets earned their third straight victory and showed no signs of wear one night after winning 118-112 at Chicago.
Denver handed Milwaukee its most lopsided loss of the year and shot 55.8 per cent, the highest field-goal percentage by any Bucks opponent this season.
“It’s definitely up there for best win of the year,” Malone said.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and eight rebounds for Milwaukee as the Bucks finished an eight-game homestand in which they went 5-3. Khris Middleton added 20 points.
The Bucks were held below 100 points for just the third time this season. Their 97 total points were one off their season low as they struggled early.
“We just were not good against the zone,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We’ve got to do everything better.”