Nikola Jokic continues to leave his jaw on the floor as to how his offensive performances consistently lead Denver to the top record in the West and close to top in the league overall.
Believe it or not, we’re nearing the halfway point of the regular season, and entering 2023, we’re only about a month and a half away from the trade deadline. The team is beginning to understand who they are at this point, and the standings paint a clearer picture.
Grizzlies beat Kings 118-108
After entering the fourth quarter with just a 4-point cushion, Memphis started the final frame with a 10-3 run to lead the rest of the way. Morant scored a game-high 35 points (FG 13-23) in his fifth out of 30 points in the past seven games. He also gifted his young fans with new signed signature shoes.
Kidd in the Grizzlies game had a sign that read, “Ready to jam out at Ja 1.”
That’s why Ja Morant gave him an autographed pair after the game pic.twitter.com/ncnFHjIlgY
— Jessica Benson (@jessbensontv) January 2, 2023
Each starting center also appeared. Domantas Sabonis recorded his 13th consecutive double with his 18 points and his 14 rebounds, while Steven Adams recorded his career-high 23 rebounds (1st quarter and a half). He has 13 rebounds alone).
Wizards use short-handed Bucks, 118-95
Washington won their fifth straight game, their sixth in their last seven games, but are still only one of three teams tied for 10th in the East. Two games in Milwaukee on his first night of the series, the Wizards scored his second triple of his career with Rui Hachimura’s 26 points off the bench and Kyle’s Kuzma’s 10 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. achieved his double.
The Bucks are missing most of their normal starters and struggled to generate much offense because of it, shooting only 34-96 (35.4%) from the floor and 13-49 (26.5%) from distance. .
It was the Wizards’ fifth overall victory, and their first in a row with the Bucks. A devastated Milwaukee has Giannis (knee pain), Drew Holiday (non-Covid illness), Chris Middleton (knee pain), Careem (trade), Oscar (retired), Paul Pressy (coach), Marquez Missing Johnson (current). colour).
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) January 2, 2023
Nuggets beat league-leading Celtics 123-111
With 30 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, MVP leader Nikola Jokic had his second consecutive triple-double and sixth triple-double in the last 11 games. In addition she added four Nuggets 17+ points in a winning effort that included his 40-minute delay after a particularly strong dunk by Robert Williams III.
After the first 90 seconds, Boston never led and went on a four-game winning streak. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown totaled him 55 points and 15 rebounds.