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Nikola Jokic has been sidelined for the past week after dealing with a left hamstring injury.
Didn’t phase him in Tuesday’s comeback against the New Orleans Pelicans. The MVP frontrunner returned to his normal form, finishing with 25 points, 11 points and 10 rebounds. It was his 15th triple-double of the season.
Jokic added the winning shot to an even stronger season with a go-ahead basket with just under 17 seconds remaining. Triple-doubles are becoming second nature for Jokic.
“I’m just playing games,” Jokic said. “I’m glad I met an open teammate. I actually made the last basket. I’m just happy that I won the game.”
– LeBron James edged closer to the all-time scoring record with 46 points and a career-high nine 3-pointers against the Los Angeles Clippers. Despite the heavy loss, James became the first player to score 40 points against any NBA team.
– Indiana Pacers guard Buddy Hield filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks against the Chicago Bulls. Myles Turner and Benedict Maturin led the scoring, but Hield’s all-around game helped produce results in both ends.
– Kyle Kuzma’s 30 points helped the Washington Wizards beat the Dallas Mavericks to their third straight win.
– Julius Randle had 36 points and 13 rebounds against the Cleveland Cavaliers to break the New York Knicks’ four-game losing streak. Randle is third in the NBA’s double-doubles list, behind Jokic and Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis.
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