Netease Sports reported on September 25:
September 25, Beijing time, the Nuggets and
Today the Lakers changed, Howard stood on the starting lineup directly against Jokic, just to make his mentality. Jokic first played Davis in the low post, scored 2 points with a hook, and helped Murray hit a fall-back jumper. However, Howard asked for his offensive end and rebounds. Jokic himself did not get too many opportunities, just As far as possible to use the ball to connect the team, the Nuggets also fell into the disadvantage.
Back in the second quarter, Jokic was cut by his opponent to make a fast break, and the point difference was 12 points. Fortunately, he will make up for it right away. When the team is about to collapse, he can always hit back with a three-pointer from the perimeter, give Porter an assist, and give Grant's cross-court long pass even more exciting. Towards the end of the first half, Jokic finally hit Howard with a back hook. He scored 10 points in the half but only had 3 rebounds.
After changing places to fight again, Jokic began to show his physical advantage as much as possible, easily hooked and scored when he played Pop in the wrong position, and then made two free throws for fouls. Every time the Nuggets were to be pulled away, Jokic either used his weight to crush Davis and score a layup, or he completed a steal and counterattack, biting the score.
Jokic struggled in the final quarter, failed to score two offensive rebounds, and fouled in the back. Returning to the defensive end, Jokic was broken by Davis to cause the fifth offense and had to rest. When he returned to the court, he was entangled by the Lakers again, and failed to score from the basket. The final difficult three-pointer was still shot, and the team swallowed the loss.