The Denver Nuggets were in desperate need of a bucket with a little less than five minutes remaining in Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver, which had already blown a game to a lottery-bound team earlier in the week, trailed the Lakers by a point. It couldn’t afford to fall to sub-.500 team twice in four days in the unforgiving Western Conference.
Nikola Jokic had an opportunity to chuck up a three early in the shot clock, but he passed it up in search of a better shot. After enough movement, Denver got the look it was hunting for. Jamal Murray hit Jokic on the roll. Two Lakers converged on Jokic. He immediately whipped the ball to his front court partner Paul Millsap, who absorbed a foul and converted.