Porter and Jokic Shine as Nuggets Secure 113-100 Victory Over Knicks

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Michael Porter Jr.’s standout performance, complemented by Nikola Jokic‘s triple-double, propelled the Denver Nuggets to a 113-100 win over the New York Knicks during Thursday’s NBA action.

Fresh from a rejuvenating break in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Porter scored 31 points, breaking the team’s single-season three-point record.

“I told him just now, ‘Go to Cabo whenever you want. I’ll pay for it,’” Nuggets coach Michael Malone joked about Porter’s impressive streak since his vacation.

Porter attributed his scoring prowess not just to his brief getaway but also to adjustments in his gameplay, while acknowledging the restorative impact of his trip.

“But Cabo was a great break,” said Porter. “I needed it for sure.”

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Jokic delivered another spectacular performance with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists, showcasing the Nuggets’ dominance as they vie for the top spot in the Western Conference.

“We’re playing at a high level,” Malone said, praising the team’s post-All-Star break performance. “The challenge is with 12 (games) to go can we continue to keep this up and stay healthy while doing so? Our players deserve so much credit for their mindset and approach every single night.”

The game also saw Jamal Murray score 23 points before an ankle injury raised concerns late in the match. The Nuggets were especially motivated, having suffered their most significant defeat of the season against the Knicks in January.

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As the Knicks mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter, the Nuggets’ starters quickly doused their efforts, maintaining their lead and securing the victory.

Jalen Brunson led the Knicks with 26 points, while the team struggled to overcome Denver’s strong start and the contributions of their bench players.

“They just made a couple more plays than us tonight,” Brunson remarked, reflecting on the Knicks’ efforts throughout their western road trip.

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The Knicks, grappling with injuries to key players, look forward to their next game with hopes of rebounding, while the Nuggets aim to continue their winning momentum.

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