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.

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Christian Clark
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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.

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