MIAMI (AFP) — Inspired by their in-form center Nikola Jokic, the Denver Nuggets took over at the top of the Western Conference, after knocking the Memphis Grizzlies off their perch with a convincing 105-91 win on Tuesday.
Jokic produced his sixth triple double of the season with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists, as Denver handed Memphis their second straight defeat after a seven-game winning run.
Ja Morant starred for Memphis with 35 points and 10 assists but Denver’s scoring was spread throughout the team — Aaron Gordon top-scored with 24 points but all the starters reached double figures.
The Nuggets led 55-40 at half-time with their defense not allowing the Grizzlies any time or space.
Jokic’s passing was superb at times but the Serb was pleased with the way they limited the Grizzlies offense.
“Our defense was amazing, we were aggressive from the start, we had a bit of luck in the third quarter but generally the whole game we had a really good defensive night,” Jokic said.
“I think that is the key for us to go deep in the playoffs.”
The two teams are tied at the top of the West with 19-11 records.
The New York Knicks extended their winning streak to eight games as they continued their push towards a playoff spot with an emphatic 132-94 win over the defending National Basketball Association champions, the Golden State Warriors.
The Knicks were never behind in the game after opening up an 8-0 lead and ran away with the game in the second half.
Immanuel Quickley scored 22 points and Jalen Brunson 21, with Quentin Grimes (19) and RJ Barrett (18) also making big contributions.
Golden State have won just three games on the road this season and coach Steve Kerr said they have yet to find their edge.