Nikola Jokic has quietly become an outstanding clutch shooter.
Denver was down one with 13 seconds left and down one, Denver ran a Jamal Murray/Jokic pick-and-roll, Jokic slipped it, got the pass back, found Paul Millsap underneath, and then the play broke down. It was a scramble, but the ball ended up in Jokic’s hands and… did I mention he’s clutch?
Philly had one last chance to score, but Joel Embiid was called for a questionable offensive foul under the basket and that was the ballgame.
Jokic finished the night with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Embiid led Philadelphia with 19 points and 15 rebounds, plus one huge block.
The Nuggets were down 19 entering the fourth, but they scored 35 in the fourth on 60.9 percent shooting, while the Sixers were 5-of-21 in the fourth. That is a punch to the gut loss for Philly.
For Denver, it’s a signature win early in the season — and a reminder Jokic is clutch.