Nuggets center Nikola Jokic late Saturday night moved into the No. 2 spot in NBA history for triple-doubles all-time by a 7-footer, notching his 22nd such performance in a 124-102 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Pepsi Center. The big Serbian finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in just 28 minutes of action, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the No. 2 slot among triple-doubles (21) in the third quarter. Chamberlain holds the league record for triple-doubles by a 7-footer with 78.
It was the sixth triple-double of the season for Jokic, who was pulled in the third period with the Nuggets up 97-69, serenaded by chants of “M-V-P” from the Pepsi Center faithful as he went to the bench. “It’s good, it’s good,” said the Denver center, who’d collected 15 points and seven assists by halftime. “Just because we’re 20-4 at home, so we’re playing really good at home … so that 3-1 (homestand), I’m going to take that.”
Why stop at one? Kenyon Martin thinks the Denver Nuggets are deserving of three representatives at the NBA All-Star Game next month in Charlotte. “I don’t know how many All-Stars they would get, but (among) guys that deserve it, they probably could have three,” Martin, the Nuggets’ star power forward and enforcer from 2004-11, said at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night before his old club hooked up with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “But who knows? But (are they) deserving of that? Yeah … they’re playing well, can only get better. If they keep it together and guys continue to get better and grow. You’ve got guys that haven’t played yet: Isaiah (Thomas) and Michael Porter. So just imagine. Then you add some of that caliber of talent to the mix, it can only get better. Guys buy into just winning not ego, (it) could be great.”
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