Thursday Sep 28, 2023

Yokichi ‘Triple Double’… Denver advances to the NBA West Finals

Denver advanced to the conference finals for the first time in the NBA this season.

Denver won 125-100 on the 12th against Phoenix in Game 6 of the 2nd round of the 2022-2023 NBA Western Conference playoffs (PO, 4 wins from 7 matches). Denver, who led the series with 4 wins and 2 losses, reached the conference finals three years after the 2019-2020 season. With this victory, Denver also avenged the pain of ending the season two years ago by losing 4 games in a row to Phoenix in the second round of the PO. Denver competes with the Los Angeles Lakers-Golden State winner to advance to the NBA Finals. The Lakers lead 3-2.

‘Serbian Express’ Nikola Jokic led Denver to the conference finals with a triple-double. Center Jokichi, 211 cm tall, scored 32 points, the most for both teams, and recorded 10 rebounds and 12 assists. He made 3 interceptions as well. Jokic is averaging 30.7 points, 12.8 rebounds and 9.7 assists in 11 PO rounds 1 and 2. Yokic delivered an average of 9.8 assists in the regular league this season, ranking third in this category, but he is the only player in the top 10 who is not a guard. It is for this assisting ability that Jokic is nicknamed the ‘point center’.안전놀이터

Phoenix, which challenged to win the NBA Finals for the first time since its foundation, was eliminated in the second round of PO for two consecutive years following last season. Phoenix, whose 213 cm tall center Deandre Ayton was unable to play in Game 6 due to a rib injury, could not handle Jokic at the bottom of the goal.

In the second round of the Eastern Conference PO on this day, Boston defeated Philadelphia 95-86 to make the series 3-3, leading the match to the final 7th game. The 7th game between the two teams will be held on the 15th.


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