Jokic’s 40 Points Lead Nuggets to Victory in NBA Play-offs

Nikola Jokic showcased his MVP form once again, scoring 40 points to lead the Denver Nuggets to a commanding 112-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in their Western Conference play-off semi-final series. With this win, the Nuggets now lead the series 3-2.

The Serbian star, who recently clinched his third MVP title, received the prestigious award before the game in Denver and then proceeded to dominate on the court. Alongside his impressive scoring performance, Jokic also contributed 13 assists and seven rebounds, turning the tide in favor of the Nuggets after they had dropped the first two games of the semi-finals.

Jamal Murray, the Nuggets’ point guard, praised Jokic’s impact on the game, stating, “Whenever he gets it going like that, you let him dictate how the game’s going to go.” Murray, who added 16 points himself, acknowledged the energized atmosphere in Denver, fueled by Jokic’s MVP recognition, and highlighted the team’s strategy of letting Jokic take charge.

With the series now heading back to Minneapolis for game six on Thursday, the Nuggets are in a favorable position to secure a spot in the Western Conference finals.

In the Eastern Conference semi-finals, the New York Knicks seized control of their play-off series against the Indiana Pacers with a resounding 121-91 victory in game five. Jalen Brunson led the charge for the Knicks with an impressive 44-point performance, guiding his team to a crucial win.

Despite facing injuries and lineup changes, the Knicks displayed their trademark resilience, with Alec Burks contributing 18 points off the bench. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau emphasized the team’s relentless defensive effort and emphasized the importance of their defensive mindset in securing victory.

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