Don’t be fooled by the lopsided nature of Saturday’s win.
Baked inside of Nikola Jokic’s ho-hum triple-double and Jamal Murray’s game-high 26 points, were the seeds of a fledgling Big 3 with emerging force from Michael Porter Jr. Denver’s budding trio combined for 65 points, 23 rebounds and 18 assists as the Nuggets pummeled an overwhelmed Thunder squad.
“When we have a game like this, when everybody’s sharing the ball, it’s so easy to do whatever,” Jokic said when asked about his growing chemistry with Porter. “This game needs to show us how we can play.”
Jokic either assisted or screened on five of Porter’s seven made shots on Saturday. On another, he played hot potato with Murray, who eventually gave the ball back to Porter for a wide-open 3-point make.
“It was just fun basketball,” Porter said.
Asked whether those plays were an indication of the growing chemistry between the trio, Porter gave a quick retort.
“It better, we better figure it out,” he said with a smile. “ … That play where I just hit Joker, he knew immediately I was going to come back off for that shot and he screened it for me. Plays like that, that’s just chemistry plays that happen with time. Those aren’t play calls.”
And even if the interplay between Porter and Murray is still a work in progress, the respect is there. When Jokic flung an outlet pass midway through the…