Nikola Jokic shot 13-of-23 from the field and 9-of-12 from the foul line in Saturday’s 123-117 loss to the Kings, scoring 36 points with 14 rebounds, 14 assists, two steals, one block, and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.
Jokic has dished out 14 assists or more in each of Denver’s last three games, racking up a total of 45 with just three turnovers. He didn’t commit a single turnover in Sacramento, where the biggest issue for the Nuggets was the 3-pointer. The champs shot 6-of-25 from distance while the Kings were 16-of-34, outscoring Denver by a 48-18 margin. That’s a lot to overcome, even with an all-time great offensive talent to run the offense through. Reggie Jackson (20/1/8/1 with two 3-pointers) and Michael Porter Jr. (13/8/2/0/2 with one 3-pointer) combined to go 3-of-11 from deep on the night. Denver plays two games in Week 7, the first scheduled for Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Clippers.