Nikola Jokic breaks Wilt Chamberlain’s 56-YEAR OLD RECORD in another incredible performance

How Jokic surpassed Chamberlain’s record and led the Nuggets to the NBA Finals.


Nikola Jokic breaks Wilt Chamberlain’s 56-YEAR OLD RECORD in another incredible performance

Nikola Jokic (L) and Wilt Chamberlin (R)

Nikola Jokic didn’t win his third straight MVP award this season, but he’s still playing like one. The Denver Nuggets star center had another historic performance in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. Jokic finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 13 assists in a 113-111 victory that completed a stunning sweep of the Lakers and sent the Nuggets to their first NBA Finals in franchise history.

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It was Jokic’s eighth triple-double of the postseason, breaking the record for most triple-doubles in a single playoff run that was held by Wilt Chamberlain since 1967. Chamberlain had seven triple-doubles with the Philadelphia 76ers that year when he won his third consecutive MVP award and led the Sixers to the NBA title.

Jokic has been the driving force behind the Nuggets’ remarkable playoff run, especially against the Lakers, averaging 27.8 points, 14.5 rebounds and 11.8 assists while shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from three-point range.

With his latest masterpiece, Jokic climbed to third place in NBA playoffs history with 13 career triple-doubles. He is only one behind Magic Johnson, who has 30, and Lebron James, who got 28.

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Nikola Jokic Breaks Record as Nuggets Sweep Lakers to Advance to NBA Finals

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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (Via Jack Dempsey/AP)

Jokic’s record-breaking assist came with 4:39 left in the third quarter when he found Kentavious Caldwell-Pope cutting to the basket for an and-one layup that gave the Nuggets their first lead at 79-78. The Nuggets never trailed again, outscoring the Lakers 22-19 in the final period.

The Lakers, meanwhile, couldn’t keep up with the Nuggets’ firepower, despite getting 40 points from LeBron James and 21 points from Anthony Davis. The Lakers shot 46.5 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range as a team. They also committed six turnovers and gave up 17 fast-break points.

Jokic has proven that he is one of the greatest big men of all time and deserves to be in the conversation for the best player in the league. He has also shown that he can carry a team to the highest level without another superstar by his side.

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Jokic has made history as the Nuggets sweep the Lakers, but he is not done yet. He still has one more goal to achieve: winning his first NBA title and cementing his legacy as one of the best ever.

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