Despite two dominating games by Nikola Jokic from Wilt Chamberlain on the road, the Denver Nuggets did not provide their best player with the help he needed to get a win against the Phoenix Suns. As a result, the Colorado franchise came into Game 5 at home in a sort of no-win scenario as they did not want to return to Arizona down 3-2 against the likes of Devin Booker and Kevin Durant. And in the end, the Nuggets’ supporting cast came to life, pulling off a stunning 118-102 victory over the Suns.
Also on this night it was Jokic who played a starring role in the Nuggets’ victory. Similar to what he has been doing all season, Joker filled up the stat sheet to a truly incredible level. In 38 minutes of action, Jokic put up 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists, scoring his fourth triple-double this postseason.
And with this performance, the Serbian made NBA history: Jokic scored 10 triple-doubles in the playoffs, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain on the postseason triple-double list for a center in NBA history, second StatMuse.
Passes Wilt for the most playoff triple-doubles ever by a center. pic.twitter.com/LTxMdDxpRk
– StatMuse (@statmuse) May 10, 2023
As if it wasn’t already clear before, Jokic is the best assisting center in NBA history; while some might argue that Arvydas Sabonis is also more than deserving of that distinction, the Nuggets star’s numbers allow him to reach levels that no other player at his position throughout NBA history has touched before.