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24 April 2023

Jokic’s 43 Points Not Enough, Minnesota Escapes Denver Sweep

In a remarkable display, Nikola Jokic scored an impressive 43 points, but the Minnesota Timberwolves managed to avoid a complete sweep by the Denver Nuggets with a 114-108 win in overtime. Despite Jokic’s record-breaking efforts, the Timberwolves demonstrated their resilience and determination to stay in the fight.

Timberwolves Prevail in Overtime Battle

Facing a 12-point deficit with less than three minutes remaining, Jokic stepped up and single-handedly turned the tide for the Nuggets. He scored a series of three-pointers, a free throw, a mid-range shot, and provided two assists in the final five regulation possessions, pushing the game into overtime.

However, in the extra five minutes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker stepped up for Minnesota, hitting two crucial three-pointers and sparking an 8-0 run that ultimately determined the game’s outcome.

Jokic’s astounding performance included 43 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists, making him the first center in NBA history to achieve such stats in a playoff game. Meanwhile, Rudy Gobert contributed a double-double for the victorious Timberwolves with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Boston Celtics Inch Closer to Second Round

The Boston Celtics are now one victory away from advancing to the second round, following a 129-121 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4. The Celtics maintained a consistent lead throughout the match, and although the Hawks kept the score close until the final moments, Boston’s chances of moving forward at TD Garden in Game 5 seemed likely.

For the struggling Hawks, Clint Capela managed 10 points and seven rebounds, while Bogdan Bogdanovic contributed eight points and two rebounds.

In other playoff news, the New York Knicks gained a 3-1 advantage over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Golden State Warriors leveled their series with the Sacramento Kings at 2-2.

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