On the night before Halloween, Denver Nuggets legend Nikola Jokic added another triple-double to his historical resume. In a 110-102 win over the Utah Jazz, the Joker recorded the 107th triple-double of his NBA career, tying LeBron James and Jason Kidd for fourth all-time in career triple-doubles.
Jokic achieved the milestone with 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The two-time MVP and reigning Finals MVP only recorded one turnover in the process. The Nuggets remain undefeated all-time at home against Western Conference opponents in games where Jokic, Jamal Murray, Aaron Gordon, and Michael Porter Jr. play. They are 23-0 in such contests.
The Jazz had no answer for Denver’s frontcourt as Gordon dominated in the paint with Jokic. Gordon attempted no 3-pointers on his way to a 21-point outing on 10-of-12 shooting. The bouncy forward asserted himself in 33 minutes of action, snagging three offensive rebounds along the way.
With his latest triple-double, Jokic achieved another historical feat. He became the only player in the last 40 seasons with 10 or more triple-doubles on 75% shooting from the field or better. Jokic’s level of combined efficiency and all-around dominance has elevated him to a league of his own.
Michael Malone Praises Nikola Jokic after Denver Nuggets win
After his team improved to 4-0 on the season, head coach Michael Malone praised Jokic for his greatness in his postgame presser.
"“It’s incredible. I’ve said this for a few years now. I challenge myself never to take Nikola for granted … I wasn’t even aware that he had a triple-double. 27, 11, and 10. It speaks to his greatness, it speaks to his consistency night-in and night-out. Just playing the game at an extremely high level.”"
Malone fittingly compared Jokic to the player he tied in all-time triple-doubles: LeBron.
"“I think the one thing that you compare LeBron and Nikola [with] is their IQ and their ability to make everyone around them better … That truly is the definition of greatness, in my opinion.”"
Jokic will look to separate himself from LeBron and Kidd with triple-double No. 108 when Denver takes on a division rival in the Minnesota Timberwolves. If he can do it again, Jokic will stand alone with the third-most triple-doubles in NBA history.