Nikola Jokic Sets NBA Record with 3rd Career 30-Point Triple-Double, Zero Turnovers

‣ Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets recorded his third career 30-point triple-double with zero turnovers, the most in NBA history since 1977-78.
‣ Jokic leads the NBA in triple-doubles, double-doubles, total rebounds, and several other categories this season.
‣ The Denver Nuggets hold the third-shortest odds to repeat their successful season in 2024, according to some NBA betting sites.

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Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic made history in the NBA. He scored his third career 30-point triple-double with zero turnovers. This is the most since the NBA started tracking individual turnovers in the 1977-78 season. This feat was achieved during Wednesday night’s 134-124 win against the Houston Rockets.

Jokic, a two-time MVP, was on fire. He posted 32 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists, and one steal in just 34 minutes. The 28-year-old player finished with 12-of-19 (63.2%) shooting from the floor. He even drained a 3-pointer.

Now, let’s talk about betting odds. According to a few NBA betting sites, the Denver Nuggets are third in line to repeat this season in 2024. The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks have better odds, according to sportsbooks.

Jokic’s performance was impressive. He shot 7-of-8 (87.5%) at the foul line. This was his seventh triple-double of the season, leading all other players. Before this game, all other NBA players had combined for just eight triples.

Jokic’s other 30-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist games with zero turnovers on 60% shooting happened last season and back in 2018-19. He’s not just a one-hit wonder, folks.

Now, let’s talk stats. The five-time All-Star leads the league in double-doubles with 17. Trailing behind him are LA Lakers’ Anthony Davis with 15, Domantas Sabonis (13), Rudy Gobert (12), Joel Embiid (12), Evan Mobley (12), and Tyrese Haliburton (12).

Jokic is also a record breaker. He has posted 94 triple-doubles on at least 50% shooting. That’s the most in NBA history. He’s leading NBA Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson (92) and Magic Johnson (86).

Jokic’s season stats are impressive. Through 18 games, he leads the league in total rebounds (237), defensive rebounds (175), true shooting percentage (70.1%), field goals (205), player efficiency rating (34.6), win shares (4.1), box plus/minus (15.7), and value over replacement player (2.7).

According to the Basketball-Reference database, Jokic has a 90.9% chance of being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. That’s a pretty high chance, don’t you think?

In the Nuggets’ victory over the Rockets, they outscored their opponents 41-26 in the opening quarter. Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. scored a season-high 30 points. Guard Jamal Murray added 16 points after missing 11 games.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone had an interesting comment after the game. A security guard congratulated him on the great win. Malone responded, “I wouldn’t call it a great win. It was a great outcome.”

The Nuggets had previously lost twice to the Rockets in November. This included a 19-point loss in Houston just five days earlier. But with this victory, the Nuggets improved their NBA-best home record to 9-0. The Rockets, on the other hand, fell to 0-7 on the road.

James Shotwell
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