Denver Nuggets Set Unique Record In Latest Win Over The Portland Trail Blazers

Published 02/24/2021, 7:02 AM EST
Feb 12, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) drives up court after intercepting a pass against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


Denver Nuggets won their 17th game of the season as they beat Portland Trail Blazers 111-106. The Nuggets now have a record of 17 wins and 14 losses and are the seventh seed in the Western Conference.

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A 41-point performance by Nikola Jokic was enough to trump an-all round performance from the Blazers. The Nuggets also saw an impressive performance from their guard Jamal Murray, who put up 24 points and 8 assists.

But the Nuggets also put up a unique record in the game. Jokic & co. recorded only a single turnover- the least number of turnovers in a single game by a team ever in the NBA. They broke the existing record of two turnovers set by teams like the Suns, Cavs and the Thunder.

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Given how prone superstars like LeBron James and James Harden have become to turnovers, the team having a single turnover is simply startling.

Can the Denver Nuggets become the best in the West?

The Denver Nuggets have established themselves as one of the best teams in the Western Conference, as they have finished as the second seed and the third seed in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 season, respectively.

The duo of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray has worked wonders for the Nuggets. Last season they even reached the Conference Finals for the first time in 12 years. They unfortunately were beaten by the eventual champions Los Angeles Lakers.

Jokic has maintained his outstanding form from the playoffs. He is playing at an MVP level, averaging 27 points, 8.4 assists, and 10.9 rebounds per game. Despite ‘the Joker’s blazing form, the Nuggets haven’t been anywhere near their best.

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Dec 25, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone talks with guard Monte Morris (11) and guard Gary Harris (14) and guard Will Barton (5) during a timeout in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Their guard Jamal Murray, went off the charts and showed superstar potential averaging 26.5 points, 6.6 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game in last year’s playoffs, hasn’t been that prolific this season.

But he has shown promising form lately. In the last five games he has played, he is averaging 32.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists. If he can maintain this form, the Nuggets can become a top team.

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The other player they are banking in is Michael Porter Jr. MPJ is averaging 13.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. The Nuggets let go off some key pieces offensively this off-season. If players like Murray and Porter Jr. can be consistent in supporting Jokic, the Nuggets can pull off a surprise or two in the loaded Western Conference.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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