Eight Golden Nuggets for the eight field goals Juancho Hernangomez sunk in the Nuggets’ 111-103 loss to the Spurs Wednesday night.
1. Since Paul Millsap went down with a fractured big toe three weeks ago in Charlotte, Nikola Jokic has put the Nuggets on his back, posting MVP-caliber numbers as he surges towards what’s likely his first career All-Star appearance. Jokic averages over his last six games — 25.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists — were reminiscent of how the Nuggets’ star center closed the 2017-18 season.
But the Spurs bottled up Jokic as San Antonio beat the Nuggets 111-103 Wednesday, topping Denver for the 12th-straight time in the Lone Star State. Jokic hit just one of his five field goal attempts in 31 minutes of action. His five shots on the night were the fewest amount of field goals he’s attempted in a game since he finished 0-1 from the field on Nov. 7 in Denver’s 89-87 loss in Memphis. For the first time in six games, Jokic didn’t finish the night as the Nuggets’ leading scorer.
So what changed?