The Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) are only one win away from advancing to the second round of the playoffs.
Denver won 120-111 against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 3 of the 2022-23 NBA Western Conference PO Round 1 (4 wins from 7 matches) held at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on the 22nd (Korean time).안전놀이터
Denver, who took both the first and second games previously held, took the lead with three wins in the series with the victory on this day. If they catch the 4th game to be held in the same place on the 24th, they will advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs with all 4 wins.
The key to Denver’s victory in Game 3 was MVP and ace Nicola Jokic. On this day, Yokichi took the lead in winning by achieving a triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.
In addition, Michael Porter Jr., who recorded 25 points and 9 rebounds, and Jamal Murray (18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists) also shined.
For Minnesota, Anthony Edwards scored 36 points, and Carl Anthony Towns also contributed 27 points and 7 rebounds, but could not prevent the loss.
Denver, who finished the first quarter tied, took the lead in the second quarter, and in the second half, Aaron Gordon, Jokic, and Porter Jr. fired outside guns to continue the lead. Denver, who did not let go of the reins even in the fourth quarter, showed off their scoring ability by Porter Jr. and Jokic, and took the victory over Minnesota’s pursuit.
In the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-79 and took a 2-1 lead in the series.
Jaylen Brunson, who scored 21 points, and RJ Barrett, who scored 19 points, took the lead in New York’s victory.
With Trae Young recording 32 points and 9 assists, the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Boston Celtics 130-122 and won their first win after two consecutive losses.