El from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Brooklyn Nets will be the only 4-0 in the first round of the Playoffs. The one that seemed predictable, between the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves, fell after one of the best shows of the first round games of the post-season. Nikola Jokic and Anthony Edwards gave a brutal show, in which the Wolves lengthen (114-108) a series they are not destined to win.
“There are seven games”, they repeat insistently from Minnesota, which fulfilled in the second at home. And that they signed a final quarter worthy of a horror movie. They lead by 12 with three minutes on the clock (96-84), and they could not avoid overtime. Because Nikola Jokic made five epic possessions. A triple, two assists, a mid-distance basket and a free throw to make the game go on.
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That Jokic lesson -he finished with 43 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists- did not have continuity over time, and extra time was a Wolves show. Between Mike Conley, with a triple that brushed the board, and Alexander-Walker’s only in the corner they opened the margin. With 15 seconds to go, Anthony Edwards killed the match. He paired up with Aaron Gordon, overflowed with a ‘crossover’ and his triple made it 3-1. The series returns to Colorado.
It shouldn’t change too much. Because even on their worst day, the Nuggets led the Timberwolves to the final. Of course, it is the stellar confirmation of Anthony Edwards. He signed 34 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. He surpasses Kobe Bryant with his fifth 30-plus point game in the playoffs at age 22. Only LeBron James has moreWell, he signed eight.
“I’ve only done it in the first round. It’s an honor to be with those guys here, but I still have work to do,” said ‘Ant’. As a first reality, he avoided the beating of Denver. Extending the series much longer are big words, especially given Jokic’s brutal state of form .
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