Nikola Jokić recorded a double-double in Denver’s loss to New York, where they suffered a convincing defeat with a score of 122-84. The current champions never came close to turning the game in their favor, as reflected in the final score and the nearly 40-point difference. Early in the game, Jokić experienced discomfort after taking a hit to the eye and had to briefly leave the court, but fortunately, the injury was not as serious as it initially seemed. Despite playing injured, he logged 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists in just 28 minutes of play. The only other double-digit scorer for the Nuggets was Aaron Gordon with 12 points and 5 rebounds, while Jamal Murray contributed only 9 points and 7 assists.
Overall, it was one of Denver’s worst performances of the season, marking the end of a five-game road series in January. On the other side, six players for the opposing team scored in double digits, led by OG Anunoby with 26 points and Jalen Brunson with 21 points and 4 assists. In other game results: Indiana defeated Philadelphia 134-122, Washington lost to Utah 108-123, Brooklyn tied with Minnesota at 94-94, and Miami was defeated by Boston with a score of 110-143.
Finally, Jokić’s brief departure from the game due to the eye injury was captured in a tweet by Bleacher Report.