Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic Posts Giant Triple-Double in Win Over New Orleans Pelicans

The Denver Nuggets topped the New Orleans Pelicans 122-113 on Tuesday night, and center Nikola Jokic flashed his unique, versatile skillset. The two-time MVP compiled 26 points, 18 rebounds, 15 assists, one steal, and one block in his NBA-leading 16th triple-double of the season.

Jokic hit 10 of his 14 field goal attempts and all five of his free throws. The game pushed his season averages to 25.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 10.0 assists per game, meaning he is now officially averaging a triple-double on the season. As ever, he is an advanced stats god, managing an astonishing .704 true shooting percentage and leading the NBA in player efficiency rating (32.1), win share (9.9), box plus-minus (13.1), and value over replacement player (5.6).

Thanks largely to Jokic, the Nuggets are now 35-16 and remain first in the Western Conference. Though his production and efficiency remain downright mind-boggling, Jokic will face stiff competition in his pursuit of a third-straight MVP. Philadelphia 76ers center is scoring a colossal 33.6 ppg on a 32-17 team, and Dallas Mavericks guard is stuffing the stat sheet with 33.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg, and 8.3 apg. Jokic will also likely have voter fatigue working against him.

The Nuggets host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

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