(CBS4) – For the third year in a row, the Denver Nuggets have reached the semifinals of the Western Conference. The Nuggets bounced back from a 14 point deficit at the end of the third quarter, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 126-115 in Game 6 of their first round streak.
At the top of the comeback was Nikola Jokic with 36 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
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Nikola Jokic dips 36 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST while the @nuggets prevail in Game 6 to move forward! #This is game
DEN meets PHX in the West Semis … Game 1 on Monday at 22:00 / et TNT. #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/jsqnZ2EonD
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“I’m glad we finished our work here. I am happy that everyone played well. Glad we didn’t stop because we had a couple of guys. We fought in every game, ”said Jokic. “I’m glad we have a really good group of guys and they’re not giving up.”
The nuggets will host the Phoenix Suns in the next round, which starts Monday. Jokic is hoping this playoff run will end in the Nuggets’ first NBA championship as he wants to reflect the success of Basketball Hall of Famer Tim Duncan.
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Duncan won five titles in his 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs and Jokic admitted in a pre-season interview with Radio Television of Serbia (RTS Prikazuje) that he hopes to become Denver’s version of Tim Duncan.
“When I got to Denver I said I would love to be Tim Duncan from Denver because he played his entire career in San Antonio. God willing, I’d love to play my whole career in Denver, ”Jokic said in the pre-season interview.
From today’s episode on RTS, Nikola Jokić says, “When I came to Denver I said I would love to be Tim Duncan from Denver because he played his entire career in San Antonio. God willing, I would like my whole Playing career in Denver. ” pic.twitter.com/JLC8NyusRC
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The documentary looks at Jokic’s development in basketball from childhood to the NBA. It also deals with the relationship he has with his agent Miško Ražnatović.
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Jokic is the front runner in the trophy for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player with 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists. It still has two years remaining and will be a free agent in summer 2023.