Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Nuggets vs. Timberwolves score: Nikola Jokic’s 40-point masterpiece lifts Denver to pivotal Game 5 win

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Nikola Jokic scored 40 points, added 13 assists and led the Denver Nuggets to a 112-97 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 5 of their second-round NBA playoff series on Tuesday night. The Nuggets have won three games in a row to take a 3-2 series lead, and the reigning champs are one win away from a return trip to the Western Conference finals.

Jokic received his third MVP trophy in a pregame ceremony, and he went out and played like it. It was the first time Jokic scored 40 points in these playoffs and marked his first career playoff game with more than 35 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. Jokic had 16 of his points in the third quarter as the Nuggets built a double-digit lead, and he had no trouble consistently scoring over Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert.

The Timberwolves were without starting guard Mike Conley in the Game 5 loss. Anthony Edwards had his worst game of the series, finishing with 18 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

The Wolves will try to keep their season alive at home in Thursday’s Game 6. 

CBS Sports will have more on this game shortly.

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