Nikola Jokic’s buzzer-beater on Thursday evening wasn’t ample to prevent Denver from slipping underneath .500 for the period as the Nuggets missing 124-117 at household to the Dallas Mavericks.
With Denver trailing 109-107 in the fourth quarter and 2.4 seconds still left on the clock, the Nuggets inbounded the ball directly to Jokic, who made himself readily available on the still left wing soon after pulling away from Mavericks heart Willie Cauley-Stein.
The 7 foot Serbian acquired the ball and nonchalantly hit an 18-foot stepback jumper immediately about Cauley-Stein’s face to force the recreation into additional time and cap a 17-stage fourth quarter.
True to kind for a gentleman who has produced a standing as a person of the most unflappable players in the NBA, Jokic’s celebration stretched as far as a shrug of the shoulders though the Dallas bench erupted.
Equally the shot and the Serbian’s reaction—or deficiency thereof—went viral on social media, with Twitter marveling at how informal Jokic seemed as he drained these types of a tough shot.
The two-time All-Star has embodied the definition of clutch participant about the final season when he has strike all of his five activity-tying or go-in advance photographs within the ultimate 10 seconds of either the fourth quarter or overtime. According to ESPN Stats & Data, that is the most of any NBA participant over the exact time period.
Jokic completed with 38 points, taking pictures 14-of-31 from the subject, such as 4-of-10 from outside of the arc, 11 rebounds, 4 helps and two steals.
The Serbian scored 4 straight points in the fourth quarter to give the Nuggets a 102-101 lead and Denver then led 107-106 right before giving absent a 3-pointer to Maxi Kleber, which set the Mavericks forward 109-107 with 2.4 seconds remaining.
Jokic’s buzzer-beater quickly saved Denver, but Nuggets mentor Michael Malone rued a skipped opportunity.
“It need to under no circumstances have gone to overtime,” he informed The Denver Publish.
“We are up one particular with seven seconds to go and we give up a broad-open 3-pointer. All you need to have is just one cease.”
Jokic’s heroics proved futile, on the other hand, as the Mavericks outscored the Nuggets 15-8 in extra time with Josh Richardson scoring 5 straight points to give Dallas a lead it would not relinquish.
Jokic strike a a few-pointer to provide the Nuggets in a few factors, only for Luka Doncic to rating four straight details to safe the recreation for Dallas.
Doncic also completed with 38 points, his year-higher. The Slovenian extra 13 assists and nine rebounds, falling one shorter of a second consecutive triple double.
The decline in opposition to the Mavericks indicates the Nuggets have fallen to fourth in the Northwest Division with a 3-5 report and path the Western Convention leaders Phoenix Suns by 3 game titles. Dallas, meanwhile, improved to 4-4 with a second consecutive win and are tied with the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans atop the Southwest Division. They trail the Suns by two games in the meeting standings.
Both equally groups are back again in motion on Saturday, with the Nuggets traveling to Philadelphia to confront the 76ers although Dallas host the Orlando Magic.