How does the trade that shook up the NBA shake up our latest rankings?
In an annual tradition, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz discuss some of the league's statistical anomalies and whether they'll hold up. Will Paul George's hot shooting continue? How unreal are Nikola Jokic's passing numbers? Can Trae Young shake his cold spell? All that and more in the small sample theater.
— Reserve Jordan Clarkson scored 23 points, Donovan Mitchell added 18 and the Utah Jazz beat the Nuggets 109-105 Sunday night in a rematch of their thrilling first-round playoff series last season that Denver captured in seven games.
— Nikola Jokic scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half to help Denver overcome the blazing shooting of Stephen Curry as the Nuggets held off the Golden State Warriors 114-104 on Thursday night.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Tuesday night that Michael Porter Jr.'s absence from the team is because he has had the coronavirus.
— Kevin Durant had 34 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, Bruce Brown made a huge contribution while starting for the absent Kyrie Irving, and the Brooklyn Nets rallied from 18 down to beat the Denver Nuggets 122-116 on Tuesday night.
The Warriors have won four of their past five, including a huge comeback over the Clippers. How high are Steph & Co. rising this week?
— Nikola Jokic had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in another short night, and the Denver Nuggets reached .500 for the first time this season with a 114-89 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.
— Nikola Jokic had 15 points and 12 assists to lead the Denver Nuggets past Philadelphia 115-103 on Saturday, beating a 76ers team that had only seven available players because of injuries and COVID-19 protocols.
With coach Doc Rivers saying the league should not have played the game, the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers -- with just seven healthy players -- lost to the visiting Denver Nuggets on Saturday afternoon.
Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. will remain in the NBA's health and safety protocol for an indefinite period of time, sources told ESPN.
— Luka Doncic came within one rebound of his second straight triple-double, finishing with 38 points and 13 assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks over the Denver Nuggets 124-117 in overtime Thursday night.