The best duo in the NBA delivered a show against the best team in the East on Friday night. Denver’s 102-100 victory over Boston secured the Celtics‘ perfect record at the TD Garden this season and an overall home game winning streak of 27. Nikola Jokić and Jamal Murray combined for 69 points, 20 rebounds, and 14 assists, reminding the rest of the league that they are a force to be reckoned with when they are on their game.
A usual two-man game can sometimes be exclusive, with the guard playing the cat and mouse game, but the Denver tandem only needed 43 shots to score nearly 70 points. This showed that other players can also cut to the basket and receive a pass when the lane is open.
Time to retire the Alley-Oop
Joel Embiid was the latest player to throw a dunk from the backboard this season, and it’s beginning to lose its novelty.
His feet barely left the ground, and he hung on the rim like a middle schooler on a jungle gym. There will be no more style points given for originality or difficulty. Anthony Edwards literally did the same thing last night.
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