Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets became the second player in NBA history to record 300 points, 100 rebounds, and 75 assists through his first 10 games of a postseason, joining Oscar Robertson in 1963.
In Tuesday night’s 118-102 second-round win in Game 5 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs, the two-time MVP logged 29 points, 13 boards, 12 assists, one steal, and two blocks in 38 minutes of action.
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Nikola Jokic is the 2nd player in NBA history with 300 points, 100 rebounds and 75 assists through his first 10 games of a postseason, joining Oscar Robertson in 1963. pic.twitter.com/vpz5ofKipP
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 10, 2023
“To be honest, I just like to win the game, so whatever it takes,” said Nikola Jokic, who shot 12-of-20 (60%) from the field and drained two 3-pointers. The five-time All-Star was coming off a career-best 53-point performance in Game 4.
“If we play the way we did today, we’re going to have a chance.” Denver is aiming to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since the NBA bubble in 2020.
Nikola Jokic records 10th playoff career triple-double, tying Larry Bird, Draymond Green, and Rajon Green for fifth most in NBA history
The home team has won every game of this series. The Nuggets are 40-7 at home overall and 6-0 in the playoffs. Denver outscored the Suns 35-24 in the opening quarter. This marked the first game in the series the first-quarter leader held on to win the game.
Furthermore, the Nuggets led 52-49 at halftime. Nikola Jokic then made seven of eight shots for 17 points in the third quarter, helping the team outscore Phoenix 39-25. Because Devin Booker shot 1-of-8 for three points this period, the Suns trailed 91-74 at Ball Arena.
Nikola Jokic (175 PTS, 69 REB, 50 AST) is the 1st player in Playoff history to total 175+ points, 65+ rebounds and 50+ assists over a 5-game span. pic.twitter.com/P94iYrRnWm
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) May 10, 2023
This was also Jokic’s 10th playoff career triple-double, tying Larry Bird, Draymond Green, and Rajon Rondo for fifth most in NBA history. The four-time All-NBA member needs one more to tie Jason Kidd and two more to catch Russell Westbrook. LeBron James ranks second with 28, and Magic Johnson is the all-time postseason leader at 30.
Additionally, Nikola Jokic already has the most triple-doubles by a center in NBA playoffs history. Not to mention, he’s the first player in postseason history to tally at least 175 points, 69 rebounds, and 50 assists over a five-game span.