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Jokic’s 40 Point Brilliance Leads Nuggets to Victory, Wolves Trail 3-2 in Series

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Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets beat Timberwolves in Game 5.

Nikola Jokic, who just won his third NBA MVP award, had a fantastic game scoring 40 points. The Denver Nuggets played against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night and won with a score of 112-97.
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Nuggets did a great job stopping Anthony Edwards from scoring a lot of points. This win means that the Denver Nuggets to victory, who are the current NBA champions, only need one more win to reach the Western Conference finals.

In addition to scoring 40 points, Nikola Jokic, who plays for the home team, also made 13 assists and grabbed seven rebounds, all without losing possession of the ball.

This was the first time the home team won in this semifinal series. Aaron Gordon contributed Nuggets to victory with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Jamal Murray added 16 points to the scoreboard.

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Anthony Edwards, the star player for the Wolves, only managed to score 18 points, shooting 5 out of 15 attempts. Karl-Anthony Towns, another key player for the Wolves, led his team with 23 points. Rudy Gobert also contributed with 18 points for the Wolves.

The Wolves experienced their first three game losing streak of the season. Now, they must break this streak on Thursday night at Target Center if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive and force a Game 7 back in Denver.

Before the game began, Nikola Jokic honored with his third MVP trophy by commissioner Adam Silver in a special ceremony. Jokic showcased his skills early in the game, scoring 19 points in the first half, helping Denver take a 50-44 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Jokic continued his dominant performance. By adding another 16 points as the Nuggets extended their lead to 14 points.

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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Denver.
Denver Nuggets to victory center Nikola Jokic shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves center. Rudy Gobert during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Denver.

With 7 minutes and 12 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Jokic soared for a dunk, widening Denver’s lead to 98-80. Despite a brief resurgence from the Wolves, narrowing the score to 103-92. Jokic responded with a remarkable 3-pointer just as the shot clock expired.

His shot sailed over Rudy Gobert, who had recently honored with his fourth NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. This clutch basket extended Denver’s lead to 14 points with just over 3 minutes left in the game.

Early in the third quarter, the Wolves managed to take a slight lead of 55-53. However, Nikola Jokic quickly turned the tide in favor of the Nuggets. He assisted on four consecutive baskets, contributing to Denver’s 11-2 run.

This surge put the Nuggets back in control with a 64-57 lead. Which they maintained for the remainder of the game.

In the first four games of the series, Anthony Edwards had been averaging an impressive 33.3 points per game for the Wolves. However, in this crucial game, the Wolves were hoping for other players to step up alongside Karl-Anthony Towns.

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Unfortunately for them, Edwards struggled to find his rhythm early on. He missed eight of his first nine shot attempts and only managed to score five points by halftime. Edwards continued to struggle with his shooting touch until later in the game. When the outcome already decided and the Nuggets had pulled away from the Timberwolves.

Just before the game started, the Timberwolves experienced a setback as their veteran point guard, Mike Conley. Which ruled out due to a sore right Achilles. This injury occurred when Conley attempted a 3-pointer during the Wolves’ previous game on Sunday.

Consequently, Nickeil Alexander Walker given the starting role in place of Conley. Despite the last minute change, Alexander Walker made a solid contribution, scoring 14 points and providing five assists during the game.

Before the game began, Minnesota coach Chris Finch announced that the Wolves were considering expanding their rotation. Which regardless of whether Mike Conley played or not. This decision stemmed from the Wolves’ desire to improve their bench performance. Especially after Denver’s reserves outplayed them in the previous game in Minneapolis.

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As a result, Monte Morris was given some playing time off the bench. Morris made an impact by contributing six points to the Wolves’ efforts during the game.

In his pre-game remarks, Coach Chris Finch also voiced his disappointment regarding the NBA’s decision to fine Rudy Gobert $75,000. This fine was imposed on Gobert for making a money gesture. After a call made by referee Scott Foster during Game 4 of the series.

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