Nikola Jokic etched himself again into the history books with his 50th career triple-double with 37 points, 11 assists, and ten rebounds to help Denver cruise past Milwaukee 128 97 on Tuesday night. A solid win as it snapped the Bucks’ five-game winning streak.
Jokic is now the ninth player in NBA history with 50+ triple-doubles. Nikola joins Oscar Robertson (181), Russell Westbrook (156), Magic Johnson (138), Jason Kidd (107), LeBron James (97), Wilt Chamberlain (78), Larry Bird (59), and James Harden (53). But Jokic’s latest milestone puts him in the rarefied company for big men, becoming only the second center ever to reach 50 after Chamberlain.
This season, Jokic has become more efficient than ever, and with last night’s game as an example, he made 15 of 23 shots for the night. And a reason for this improvement is that Jokic is on a personal-best pace for dunks. He dunked three times against the Bucks and has 20 slams for the season. He’s never dunked more than 23 times in a season, which he did back in 2017.
Denver’s head coach Michael Malone even threw in some jokes post-game about Nikola’s dunking, saying that he should try to enter this weekend’s All-Star dunk contest.
“He has been a dunking machine as of late. We joke about it, but it really does speak to his overall conditioning, staying in great shape, and being disciplined. He has been just a machine for us. And for him to attack the basket, dunk, and hang on the rim as much as he has this year is really fun to watch.”
Side Note: Paul Pierce thinks the Nuggets should “think about” trading Jamal Murray. I’m sorry, what?
Catch you Monday.