Nicola Jokic is back.

The Denver Nuggets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 99-98 in the 2022-2023 NBA regular season away game held at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on the 25th (Korean time).

Jokic, who missed both games with a hamstring injury, made a comeback. He posted a Jokic down record with a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. 스포츠토토

Jamal Murray helped Jokic with 25 points, 7 assists and 3 steals. Michael Porter Jr. was absent due to personal circumstances, but there was no hit. Denver maintained first place in the Western Conference.

New Orleans is on a five-game losing streak. The standings remained 4th in the Western Conference.

There were too many wounded. Existing injured players such as Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and Naji Marshall were still absent, and even Dyson Daniels was injured in the game.

New Orleans coach Willie Green brought out a big lineup that uses big men Jonas Valenciunas and Jackson Hayes at the same time. However, it was not fun due to Valensunas’ foul trouble. Rather, he could not stop Yokichi and Murray and was dragged away.

Denver didn’t have it easy either. They were pushed from the bench in the 4th quarter and trailed 97-98 right before the end of the game.

I was helpless by Jose Alvarado’s clever play. Alvarado made a splash in the 4th quarter with 17 points and 3 assists.

It was Yokichi who came out as the solution. With 16.9 seconds left in the end of the game, he succeeded in scoring the final goal to turn the game around 99-98 from under the goal. New Orleans swallowed regret as CJ McCallum’s 3 points missed in the last attack.

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