NBA: Jokic breaks Denver Nuggets assist record in win over Minnesota Timberwolves
Nikola Jokic became the Denver Nuggets’ record assist maker in a 122-118 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
The most recent two-time NBA Most Valuable Player winner, Nikola Jokic, handed out his 3,680th career assist to surpass Alex English’s mark for the organization.
John Stockton, a former Utah Jazz player, holds the NBA record with 15,806.
Just over halfway through the 82-game season, the Nuggets have won eight straight games and are in first place in the Western Conference.
A standing ovation in Denver as Nikola Jokic becomes the all-time assists leader in Nuggets franchise history 👏 pic.twitter.com/YBh3uhqlaF
— NBA (@NBA) January 19, 2023
They are half a game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies, who defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers for their 11th straight victory, matching their record winning streak.
Last night, Nikola Jokic recorded his 98th career game leading his team outright in points, rebounds and assists.
That matches Russell Westbrook for the 2nd-most instances all-time. Only LeBron James has done this more with 152. pic.twitter.com/FVZLToXn6H
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 19, 2023
The Grizzlies won 115-114 after Steven Adams converted the game-winning shot with 16.6 seconds left.
Wednesday also saw victories by the Washington Wizards over the New York Knicks (116-105), Miami Heat over the New Orleans Pelicans (124-98), Atlanta Hawks over the Dallas Mavericks (130-122), and Washington Wizards over the New York Knicks (116-105).
The Sacramento Kings defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 116-111, while the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Indiana Pacers 126-106, the Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 126-103, and the Charlotte Hornets edged out fellow struggling Houston Rockets 122-117.