Nikola Jokic Drops Profession-Excessive 50 Factors as Nuggets Lose to Kings

Sacramento Kings center Hassan Whiteside, left, tries to block the shot of Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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Nikola Jokic added one other accomplishment to his MVP resume this season, dropping a career-high 50 factors to go along with 12 assists and eight rebounds, although his Denver Nuggets misplaced to the Sacramento Kings 119-114 Saturday. 

That does not make the Serbian’s efficiency any much less noteworthy. 

Jokic went 20-of-33 from the sphere with a trio of three-pointers. He additionally shot an ideal 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. No different Nuggets participant had greater than 14 factors. 

Earlier than Saturday’s offensive outburst, Jokic hadn’t scored greater than 47 factors. That got here throughout Denver’s final victory two video games prior when the Nuggets beat the Utah Jazz 128-117. Nonetheless, Denver has misplaced three of its final 4 and finds itself 12-10 and 5.5 video games again of Utah within the Northwest Division. 

Jokic did nearly all of his work in opposition to the Kings within the paint, benefiting from matchups in opposition to Marvin Bagley III, Richaun Holmes and Hassan Whiteside. The massive man drained 16 of his buckets within the painted space and freely discovered a person to kick to when he did not have a shot. 

Over his final 5 video games, Jokic is averaging 33.2 factors per recreation.

Because the MVP race heats up between Jokic, Joel Embiid, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the Nuggets star may have put himself within the lead with Saturday’s efficiency.