DENVER — Nikola Jokic nearly tied Willie Cauley-Stein into a knot with a flurry of fakes and spins. The Nuggets’ star center hit Cauley-Stein with a jab step, a spin and then an up and under. Cauley-Stein was doing everything he could to stay with Jokic, whose moves also attracted the attention of Kings guard De’Aaron Fox.

When it appeared Jokic was finally ready to shoot, he jumped backwards and fired the basketball to a cutting Jamal Murray. Murray flipped it in for an easy two just as the shot clock was about to expire.

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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.