News Leaflets
A leading news portal.

Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray shoot 3-pointers to fend off Heat

0 23

The Nuggets protected the ball like it was caked in olive oil.

To their credit, they shot like they were on fire.

Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray each buried clutch 3-pointers late Friday night as the Nuggets survived the feisty Heat, 124-119. Denver hung on despite 20 turnovers, including a handful of egregious mistakes.

How easily can Nuggets coach Michael Malone stomach a win of that nature?

“It’s not easy,” he joked. “That’s life, right? … But we had 34 assists.”

It took a blistering shooting night — 17 for 28 from 3-point range — to ensure they weren’t undone by their miscues. That same level of carelessness won’t work come Sunday, when the 23-12 Nuggets host the surging Celtics.

Bones Hyland buried five 3-pointers, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope knocked down four and Vlatko Cancar drained three from outside.

“Everybody’s talking (stuff) about the bench, but once in a while, the bench did good, I think,” Cancar said.

Jokic sunk two from deep to pair with his 19-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist triple-double. It was his eighth of the season, tied for the most in the NBA.

Heat sniper Tyler Herro carried Miami in the second half, finishing the game with a team-high 26 points. Jimmy Butler added 17 points and eight assists.

FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! News Leaflets is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Leave a comment