Jameer Nelson had a double-double with 16 markers and 11 assists, while Nikola Jokic also chipped in 15 points and 14 boards but were not enough to lift the Nuggets to victory after a morale-boosting win over the Golden State Warriors in their last game. But the Wolves did, including the Wolf-KAT (Karl-Anthony-Towns) with 24 points and 19 rebounds.
With 90 seconds left, Ricky Rubio was about to step up to the stripe to shoot a technical foul on Nicola Jokic when Andrew Wiggins asked him for a favor. Overall, it's insane that a 15-14 double-double like this has now become considered pedestrian for the Joker. "One game at a time, don't get too high, don't get too low and be ready for the next challenge that is in front of us".
"It's the nature of the beast, unfortunately", Malone said.
Normally, that gig's left to his gravity-resistant teammate, Zach LaVine, who's won back-to-back All-Star weekend contests, but will miss this year's after his season-ending torn ACL. Listen to the reaction from Nuggets fans inside Denver's Pepsi Center. He was the only player on the Nuggets who didn't fire up a long-range shot in Denver's record-tying performance against Golden State.
So a playoff matchup between the Warriors and the Nuggets would occur right now, if the season ended today (which of course it doesn't). He had 11 points and nine rebounds.
"I'm just kind of perplexed why it took so long", Malone said. I don't know if many people in the National Basketball Association office have been watching the Denver Nuggets play.