Netease Sports reported on September 27:
September 27, Beijing time, the Nuggets and
In the last game, Jokic was fouled and Howard's entanglement played very badly. He only scored 16 points in the game. At the critical moment, there was no physical strength to entangle with the opponent. The team also lost the game.
Jokic had a good start, hitting a three-pointer from the left corner, and then matched with Murray to make an easy layup. Jokic also made a steal when the Lakers delivered the baseline to help Grant score easily. However, he fouled Davis early in the defense of the fast break, and then fouled the thugs in the defense of Green, and was replaced before half of the first quarter.
Back in the second quarter, Jokic immediately used the second offense to turn and hook to score, and then he was still holding the ball back to play McGee in a high position, step by step to the basket and turn to the basket. However, Jokic was called for an offensive foul when he backed Caruso and had to leave early to rest. Without this insider core, the Nuggets were unable to fight back and fell behind by 10 points at halftime.
In the second half, the Nuggets were in a passive state of chasing points. Jokic sent Millsap a three-point assist. His pie and mid-range shot were still solid, but in the face of Howard's defense, Jokic was struggling very much, and instead fouled too much. Dare to move more, being chased and beaten by Howard and Davis. After assisting Grant dunks, Jokic got his fourth offense in the low position with Howard and had to sit back on the bench.
Jokic regained his form in the final quarter, first hitting a mid-range jumper, then breaking through the bottom line, fouling Howard and hitting a three-pointer, and a mid-range jumper also steadily scored. But the Lakers' offensive firepower was too fierce, and Jokic was unable to recover.