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Nikola Jokic blocks Zion Williamson to safe win for Nuggets

Nikola Jokic might have gotten away with a blatant foul on the finish of the sport, however he secured the win for the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday evening.

Jokic, after dropping 32 factors, got here up with an enormous block and despatched Zion Williamson sprawling to the ground to steer the Denver Nuggets to a 114-112 win over the New Orleans Pelicans at Ball Enviornment.

Nikola Jokic blocks Zion Williamson on the rim

Trailing by two factors because the clock ticked down, Zion Williamson went up on the rim for a layup to try to tie the sport up — which doubtless would’ve compelled time beyond regulation.

He didn’t account for Jokic.

The Nuggets large man got here up from behind and expertly swatted the ball out of his palms, which despatched Williamson to the ground and the ball proper into PJ Dozier’s palms.

Upon first seems, the block seemed good and Jokic wasn’t known as for a foul.

Different angles of that play, nonetheless, reveal what seemed like a really clear foul. Earlier than he made contact with the ball, Jokic hit Williamson’s proper arm.

Both method, no foul was known as on the court docket. The Nuggets received the win. 

Regardless of the no-call, Williamson — who led New Orleans with 21 factors — didn’t appear to take it too arduous.

“I’ve received to earn my respect,” Williamson stated, via The Athletic’s Will Guillory. “I’m solely in yr two. I’ve received to get a pair extra years beneath my belt and hopefully issues change with that.”

Nuggets coach Michael Malone was much more targeted on how his group almost fell aside on the finish than he was the ultimate play. Denver, after main handily for many of the contest, ended the evening on the incorrect aspect of a 13-4 run within the closing minute. 

“A few of the turnovers have been egregious in nature. However one factor, one thought, involves thoughts for me — and I’m not utilizing any excuses,” Malone stated, through AltitudeTV. “We held on for the win, which is nice … The sport ought to by no means have been that shut. All of us notice that, and all of us need to be higher.”

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets reacts as he walks in the direction of the locker room after their win in opposition to the New Orleans Pelicans at Ball Enviornment on April 28, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (C. Morgan Engel/Getty Pictures)

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