Jokic recorded a triple-double in his NBA Finals debut.
The Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat 104-93 in Game 1 of the 2022-2023 NBA FINAL held at the Ball Arena in the United States on the 2nd (hereinafter Korean time). It was Denver who succeeded in overpowering the game by winning the game that day.
Nicola Jokic (211cm, C) is one of the best players in the league. Despite his height, Jokic, who has excellent passing and shooting skills, is playing a new kind of basketball. Although he plays the center, he averages 6.6 assists per career.먹튀검증
In particular, in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons, he also won the ‘Back to Back MVP’, and this season, he competed for the MVP spot with Joel Embiid (213cm, C) to the end. Although he unfortunately gave up the season MVP spot to Embiid, he showed a versatile appearance by recording season averages of 24.5 points, 11.8 points and 9.8 assists.
Yokichi’s performance continues in the playoffs as well. In the first round, he met the Minnesota Timberwolves, where the ‘Twin Towers’ held out, and averaged 26.2 points, 12.4 rebounds and 9 assists.
In the second round, Denver faced the Phoenix Suns with Kevin Durant (206cm, F) and Devin Booker (196cm, G) holding out. The confrontation between the two teams attracted a lot of attention as it was a confrontation between strong candidates for the championship. The winner was Denver, and Jokic performed like a monster with 34.5 points, 13.2 rebounds and 10.3 assists.
And Denver swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the Conference Finals. This time, Yokichi took himself as the vanguard. Jokic led the team to victory by averaging 27.8 points, 14.5 rebounds and 11.8 assists despite meeting Anthony Davis (208cm, FC), the best defender in the league.
That’s how Denver and Jokic went up to the NBA Finals. Their opponent was the Miami Heat, who are creating miracles for the 8th seed. Miami also couldn’t control Jokic.
At the beginning of the game, Jokic focused on passing rather than scoring. In the first half, Jokic attempted only three shots. On the contrary, Jokic recorded 10 assists in the first half and succeeded in a ‘double double’.
As the opponent pursued, Yokichi stepped forward. Jokic broke Miami’s flow by scoring 12 points only in the fourth quarter. Jokic, who showed such tremendous performance, led the team to victory with 27 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds.
Jokic shared the secret to his versatility in a post-game interview. “The most important thing is to win the game,” Jokic said. It doesn’t matter if I score a lot or if I hit a triple-double. I just score when I need to and pass when I need to. I try to win the game by any means.”
Jokic, the greatest passing big man of all time, is making history in this playoff. He became the first player along with Jason Kidd to record a triple-double in his NBA Finals debut. In addition, Jokic, who added a triple-double, recorded 9 triple-doubles in this playoff alone, which is the most ever in the NBA playoffs.