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NBA 2022: Kyle Kuzma purple bandana, Jordan Poole, Brooklyn … – Fox Sports

Nikola Jokic really is something else … heck, maybe three-straight MVP’s good something else?
The Denver Nuggets superstar exploded with an absurd 40-point, 27-rebound, 10-assist triple-double to help his team edge the Washington Wizards 119-115 at Ball Arena on Monday (all times AEDT).
With it, Jokic became just the second player in NBA history with a 35-point, 25-rebound, 10-assist regulation game and the first to record the stat line since league great Wilt Chamberlain in 1968, while the 27 board were a career-high.
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Jokic meant business from the opening tip, gobbling up six points and nine rebounds in the first nine minutes of the game. By half-time he had 16 points and 20 rebounds, the latter a Nuggets franchise record.


But despite the Serbian star’s dominant play, the Nuggets struggled to put the plucky Hornets away.
Denver won the third quarter 39-28 to lead by 14, however Steve Clifford’s team – finally healthy with LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward both active – kept coming in the fourth.
Jokic hit two straight on threes in the final stanza – six of his 13 points in the final period – but Ball scored eight in the period himself to keep Charlotte alive.
PJ Washington’s dunk with 13.1 seconds remaining got the visitors to within two, before Jokic iced the game with a pair of free throws at the other end.
Ball finished with a team-high 31 points to lead the visitors, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in 20 for the Nuggets and Aaron Gordon scored 19 with 10 rebounds.
The win saw the Nuggets improve to 18-11 overall on the season to sit a game behind the first-seeded Grizzlies in the West.
Meanwhile, the Hornets have the outright worst record in the league at 7-23.
KUZMA’S CRYPTIC SIGN AS LAKERS DOWN WIZARDS
Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma has been the subject of trade rumours in recent weeks including a link to his former team, the LA Lakers.
And in the 2020 championship player’s return to LA – a 117-119 loss including Kuzma missing a potential game-winning three – he was sporting a purple headband during pre-game warm ups.
Bleacher Report reported last week Kuzma is eyeing a move away from the Wizards for a bigger market team and a $20 million payday, meaning he could opt out of his current $13 million deal and become a free agent this off-season.

In addition to the Lakers, the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings are also believes to be interested in Kuzma.
Kuzma finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds on Monday, while LeBron James topscored for the Lakers with 33 to go with seven rebounds and nine assists, carrying an extra big load with Anthony Davis (foot) sidelined.
Davis is set to miss at least one month with the injury, according to multiple reports, in a devastating blow to the LA’s season.
The star centre who’s signed to a five-year $282m (AUD) deal, left the team’s win over Denver on Saturday with the injury and didn’t return, and he’s now set for an extended lay-off amid arguably a career-best stretch in his career.
Over the last month, Davis has averaged 30.3 points on 64% shooting from the field and 82% from the line, 12.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.1 blocks to play a leading role in reviving the Lakers’ season.

After starting the campaign 2-10, LA has since gone 11-6 (currently 13-16 overall) to climb to 12th in the West and one and a half games outside the play-in tournament.
But the Lakers will now need to get by without Davis, who’s arguably taken the mantle from James as the team’s best player, for the next several weeks – potentially longer given his injury history.
It’s good news however for the second-seeded New Orleans Pelicans, who have rights to swap first round-picks with the Lakers, as their prospects of landing Victor Wembanyama just got a significant boost.
POOLE EXPLODES TO LEAD WARRIORS
In Toronto, Poole’s 43 were a career high. The Warriors jumped on the Raptors early on the way to just their third road win of the season.
Klay Thompson and Draymond Green scored 17 points apiece as the Warriors won for the first time in five games this season without Stephen Curry – who is sidelined indefinitely after hurting his left shoulder in a loss at Indiana.
The Warriors’ 18 three-pointers included eight in the first quarter, three of those from Green.

Poole connected on five of 11 from beyond the arc and shot 14-for-23 overall.
“We needed to get a big-time win on the road against a really good team,” Poole said. “We were just connected and we executed from the beginning of the game. We were able to knock down shots, play team ball, we eliminated turnovers.”
NETS COMPLETE COMEBACK OVER PISTONS FOR SIXTH-STRAIGHT WIN
Durant scored 43 points and the Nets erased a 17-point halftime deficit to beat the Pistons 124-121 in Detroit while Poole scored 43 for the reigning champion Warriors in a 126-110 victory in Toronto.
“It showed right there on those last two possessions,” he said. “We were locked in.” Brooklyn star Kevin Durant said defence was the key to the Nets’ rally.
Trailing 71-54 at halftime, the Nets out-scored the Pistons 44-25 in the third quarter and held on for the win.

Durant scored 26 points in the third period. Kyrie Irving added 38 points for the Nets, whose seven-point lead was cut to one by Bojan Bogdanovic’s running three-pointer with 40.1 seconds to play.
Irving made two free throws to push the lead back to three, but a basket by Detroit’s Alec Burks pulled the Pistons back within one before Durant made two free throws that were enough for the final margin.
“I thought they took it to us in that first half,” Durant said. “They were downhill, getting to the rim whenever they wanted to get into our paint.
“I just think we upped the pressure, upped the physicality and were able to get back in the game.”
MAGIC UPSET CELTICS AGAIN
The Orlando Magic have stunned the Celtics again, beating them a second-straight game in Boston 95-92 on Monday (all times AEDT).
Paolo Banchero led the way for Orlando with 31 points and a career-high six triples plus six rebounds and two steals to continue the No.1 draft pick’s impressive rookie season.
It was a wild end to the game, with Malcolm Brogdon hitting a three to get the Celtics within one point with 56 seconds left. But the Magic got consecutive offensive rebounds on two misses including calling a timeout after a chaos battle for a rebound inside the last 15 seconds.
The Celtics would force a turnover on the next inbound play though, before Orlando won it straight back with its own steal on the next possession in a crazy sequence.




Boston then sent Mo Wagner to the free-throw line, but the big man calming sank both free throws to ice the win for the visitors.
It marked a sixth-straight win for the Magic to continue their stunning uplift directly after a nine-game losing streak, improving to 11-20 overall and three and a half games outside the play-in tournament.
Meanwhile the Celtics, who were without Jayson Tatum for personal reasons, fell to 22-9 – a fourth loss from their last five games to slide to second in the East conference.
Jaylen Brown posted a team-high 24 points for the Celtics with 14 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Brown was clearly frustrated post-match, saying “it seems like every f***ing game” referees are targeting him for traveling calls, per reporter Jay King.
ALL RESULTS
MAGIC 95 CELTICS 92
KNICKS 109 PACERS 106
NETS 124 PISTONS 121
WARRIORS 126 RAPTORS 110
BULLS 126 TIMBERWOLVES 150
HORNETS 115 NUGGETS 119
WIZARDS 117 LAKERS 119

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