DENVER — Nikola Jokic lumbered across halfcourt, collected the loose ball bouncing his way and surveyed the floor. Will Barton stood under the basket. He was open, but getting him the ball would require a pinpoint pass over the top of the defense. With his eyes trained toward the right side of the floor, Jokic fired it — a one-handed bullet that Barton finished for an old-fashioned three-point play.
The assist was Jokic’s 10th of the night. It helped give Denver a four-point cushion with roughly nine minutes remaining. The Nuggets would go on to defeat the Spurs 122-119.
The Nuggets kept the momentum going in their first game since the All-Star break. They have won seven of their last eight games and 10 of their previous 13. Jokic is the fuel sparking the run. In Denver’s final game before the break, he pieced together what was believed to be the fastest triple-double in NBA history, a 30-point, 15-rebound, 17-assist masterpiece. Jokic followed that up with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists on Friday against San Antonio.