DENVER – Nikola Jokic hit a 20-foot shot on a damaged play with 1.2 seconds remaining, serving to the Denver Nuggets rally from a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Philadelphia 76ers 100-97 on Friday evening.
It is the biggest fourth-quarter comeback within the staff’s NBA historical past.
Jokic completed with 26 factors, none greater than his jumper from the left aspect of the court docket that he noticed go in as he fell to the ground. On the subsequent possession, the Nuggets huge man drew an offensive foul on Joel Embiid by fronting him close to the basket. It was the sixth foul on a pissed off Embiid. Will Barton then hit two free throws to seal the win.
Jamal Murray, bloody nostril and all, had 22 factors for the Nuggets, who’ve received three straight video games since coach Michael Malone referred to as out his staff for his or her power degree.
No questioning their power on this one. Philly hit the primary shot of the ultimate quarter to go up 21 after which it was all Denver. The Nuggets did not take their first lead of the fourth till Jokic’s leap. Jokic was making an attempt to get the ball to Paul Millsap, who could not get off a shot. He handed it again to Jokic, who scored 16 of his factors within the last quarter.
The matchup within the center between two of the highest centres within the NBA proved extremely entertaining. For as soon as, Jokic acquired the higher of Embiid within the stat that mattered most — wins. Jokic is 1-Three towards Embiid after they each play, based on Basketball-Reference. Jokic was first staff All-NBA final season, and Embiid second staff.
A breakdown of the numbers: Jokic had 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Embiid completed with 19 factors, 15 rebounds and two assists.
Tobias Harris and Raul Neto every had 13 factors for the Sixers, who completed 1-Three on their four-game Western swing. They have been with out Ben Simmons after he sprained the AC joint in his proper shoulder Wednesday in Utah. Neto began in his place.
The 7-foot Jokic misplaced his cool late within the first quarter after not getting a name when he was grabbed whereas going up for a shot. Jokic held out his palms in exasperation towards official Scott Wall, who ignored him at first after which issued a technical.
Sixers coach Brett Brown knew the showdown between Embiid and Jokic can be well worth the value of admission.
“They each have an arsenal of how of rating,” Brown stated.
76ers: G/F Shake Milton remained out with a left knee bone bruise/sprain. … Simmons will probably be evaluated once more earlier than Sunday’s sport towards Charlotte. … G Trey Burke picked up a technical within the second quarter. … The Philly bench mixed for 37 factors, whereas the Nuggets’ reserves had 12.
Nuggets: Millsap performed with 11 stitches above his proper eye after a collision on a fast-break final sport. Carrying a scarf, he completed with 15 factors.
No Simmons meant extra defensive selections for Philly.
“The matchups and the defensive rebounding and the switch-ability,” Brown defined.
SENSE OF Humour
Malone acquired to know Embiid by the “Basketball With out Borders” program a couple of years again. Malone was a coach of the African squad.
“I will not get into the tales,” Malone cracked. “Joel has an awesome character. He has an awesome sense of humour. I did take pleasure in my time being round him in a brief time period throughout that camp.”
76ers: Host Charlotte on Sunday.
Nuggets: In Minnesota on Sunday.
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