Denver (USA), March 19 (EFE). Serbian midfielder Nikola Djokic is close to hitting a hat-trick as the Denver Nuggets beat the Chicago Bulls 131-127 in overtime.
The Nuggets achieved their eighth victory in nine matches and continued their home winning streak against the Bulls to 13 straight wins.
Canadian Jamal Murray, who recovered the best touch on his wrist, scored a hat-trick from a tie in the last second of organizational time and a decisive leap in the last seconds of extra time as decided by the Nuggets victory (25-16), sharing second place in the Northwest Division and fifth place in Western Conference with Portland Trail Blazers.
Murray reached 34 points, the same level as Jukic, who also scored a double double with 15 rebounds and 9 assists.
The Canadian base goalkeeper, who contributed five assists and recovered four balls, also lost seven of the 13 collected by the entire team.
Striker Michael Porter Jr. scored 19 points to finish third in the Nuggets ‘scorers’ list, scoring six rebounds and providing assists.
But the Argentine youngster Facundo Campazzo is the best at moving the ball in the Nuggets attack, by distributing eight assists in the 34 minutes he played in the bench.
The former Real Madrid player scored two points from the individuals streak and wasted the only shot in the basket, which was a three-point attempt.
Campazzo, who was increasingly integrated into the team and had the confidence of Nuggets coach Michael Malone, responded with four more defensive rebounds, recovered one, lost another, stopped it and made three personal mistakes.
For the Bulls, goalkeeper Zach Lavigne had 32 points as the main goalscorer, but was unable to avoid a second successive loss to Chicago, which is still 18-22 aggregate and out of the playoffs.
Reserve striker Otto Porter Jr. scored 22 points and point guard Kobe White, who also appeared from the bench, scored 17 goals, but ultimately they couldn’t avoid losing a match that was always in control until Murray’s inspiration to score emerged. And passes decisively to Campazzo, which made the difference.
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