Nikola Jokic is inching closer to tying Wilt Chamberlain on the career triple-doubles list. He joined the Hall of Famer as the only players with multiple 25-point triple-doubles on 80% shooting in NBA history on Sunday.
Jokic had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists while shooting 12-of-15 from the field in a 124-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets. He has an NBA-best 14 triple-doubles this season and 71 for his career, just seven away from tying Chamberlain for sixth place on the all-time list (Russell Westbrook is number one).
The reigning MVP scored 23 points in the second and third quarters when Denver went from trailing by seven to leading by 21. The Nuggets as a team held Brooklyn to 29 points in the second half to end a three-game skid.
Jokic logged his triple-double in 29 minutes, 49 seconds; it’s the eighth time he’s had a 25-point triple-double in less than 30 minutes. Only Giannis Antetokounmpo (two times), Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, LeBron James and Domantas Sabonis have accomplished that feat.