DALLAS — Nikola Jokic watched from the bench as the final seconds of a deflating 118-107 loss to the Dallas Mavericks ticked away on Tuesday at American Airlines Center. Jokic was seated near the end of the row of chairs. He wore his blue warmup top. A white towel was draped over his shoulders.

Denver’s star center didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter as Denver tried to erase a double-digit Dallas lead. Jokic’s night was done when Mason Plumlee checked in for him with 3:38 in the third quarter. He exited the game with four points on 2-9 shooting and never returned. He could only sit and watch as his team’s playoff chances suffered a severe blow.

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Christian Clark

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.