“Murray Assists 15 Times as Nuggets Take Top Spot In The West”
We are still days away from Christmas, but that did not stop third-year Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray from giving out 13 assists in the first half, and finishing with 15 dimes and beating Luka Doncic and the visiting Mavericks by a score of 126-118. Nikola Jokic was on the receiving end of a number of Murray’s passes as he led the scoring column with 32.
Jokic posted a 13-25 shooting line, making it the fifth game in row shooting above 50%. The performance Tuesday night was first time the Big man has hit the 30-point mark this month, and the third time on the year. On top of this, Jokic also got up for 16 boards, beating DeAndre Jordan in the stat column by four rebounds. Denver has thrived off of their young talent more than anyone in the league this year. With Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic proving that they are the best 1-2 players on this team, the future and the season is looking up for the Nuggets. Murray proved last year that he can be a consistent scorer to go along with Jokic, who offers a unique repertoire to this Denver offense with his size and ability to stretch defenses with 3-point range. His free-throw percentage is always above 83%, and he is leading the team in assists, forcing many to consider the big man as a lurking MVP candidate.
European talent was on display for both teams, with Mavs rookie Luka Doncic posting an impressive 23 points to go along with 6 boards and 12 assists of his own. After posting the most his second most points in a game his previous game Sunday against the Kings, Doncic had his best assists tally of his career. The forward is looking more comfortable each game and is looking like a frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award.
Dallas produced enough firepower to win the game, but were outrebounded 47-33 by the Nuggets. Harrison Barnes matched his season high with a 30 point output, shooting 10-16 from the field, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the differential in the rebounding department.
Denver has posted the second most home wins in the league to this point of the season, but won’t play a home game until the Spurs come to town on the 28th of December. Dallas will go again Thursday when they visit the Clippers in LA on thursday, looking to stay above .500.