May 12, 2023

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The Denver Nuggets defeated the Phoenix Suns in Game 6, 125-100. Nikola Jokic tallied the eleventh Playoff triple-double of his career with 32 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds while Jamal Murray added 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists for the Nuggets. Cameron Payne totaled 31 points and 6 rebounds for the Suns as Kevin Durant added 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. After closing out the series, 4-2, the Nuggets now advance to the Western Conference Finals where they will face the winner of the Golden State Warriors-Los Angeles Lakers series (Lakers lead 3-2).
Nikola Jokic becomes the third player in NBA history to average a triple-double with a 30+ PTS average in an NBA Playoffs series, joining Russell Westbrook and LeBron James:
LeBron James – CLE, 2017 NBA Finals v GSW (5 games): 33.6 PTS, 12.0 REB, 10.0 AST per game
Russell Westbrook – OKC, 2017 WC First Round v HOU (5 games): 37.4 PTS, 11.6 REB, 10.8 AST per game
Nikola Jokic – DEN, 2023 WC Semifinals v PHX (6 games): 34.5 PTS, 13.2 REB, 10.3 AST per game
Nikola Jokic recorded the fourth 30-point Playoff triple-double (30+ points, 10+ rebounds, 10+ assists) of his career tonight, giving him the fourth-most such games in NBA history:
LeBron James – 15
Oscar Robertson – 8
Russell Westbrook – 6
Nikola Jokic – 4
James Harden / Stephen Curry – 3
Nikola Jokic recorded his 11th career Playoff triple-double, passing Larry Bird, Rajon Rondo, and Draymond Green on the Playoff triple-double list and becoming the 5th player to reach that mark:
Magic Johnson – 30
LeBron James – 28
Russell Westbrook – 12
Jason Kidd – 11
Nikola Jokic – 11
Larry Bird, Rajon Rondo, Draymond Green – 10
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