NBA 2021 playoffs: the historic night of MVP Nikola Jokic is not enough as the Denver Nuggets are now on the verge of elimination | India

Nikola Jokic created a little Game 3 story for the Denver Nuggets. Unfortunately, that was still not enough to secure the victory.

The newly-crowned MVP had 32 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA playoff history to post a 30/20/10 game.

With star teammate Jamal Murray out of the roster for the season, Jokic has taken over in the playoffs, with the Nuggets struggling to find contributors to join the race.

In the last two games of the series, Jokic had 56 points on 46 shots, while Denver’s other four starters combined 56 points on 65 shots.

“Jokic had 20 rebounds!” Phoenix big man Deandre Ayton said after the game.

“It’s 10 offensive rebounds and 10 defense, it’s crazy, yes it’s crazy and 10 assists. I didn’t know it, it’s amazing. Yes, he’s the MVP.”

A longtime favorite to win the award, Jokic finally received the trophy in front of adoring fans ahead of the game, with the evening ending in another disappointing loss that leaves the Nuggets behind 3-0 in the series.

Jokic applauded the crowd as he left the pitch, enjoying the big game attendance at Ball Arena.

“I did my best. I didn’t want to lose, you know?” Jokic said. “I tried to leave everything on the floor.”

Michael Malone praised his team’s efforts, while lamenting his ability to take care of the ball, with 14 turnovers contributing to Phoenix’s 20 points on the other end.

Used to playoff returns, the Nuggets will now look to become the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a series in the 143rd attempt.

“We’ve rewritten history a number of times,” said Malone.

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