The Denver Nuggets took care of business and got the series lead back with an impressive performance at home.
Mike Malone’s team hit the ground running and rose to the occasion after back-to-back losses in the Valley of the Sun, and they’ll now head back to the desert looking to punch their tickets to the Western Conference Finals.
NUGGETS TAKE A 3-2 SERIES LEAD ⚒️
Jokic: 29 PTS | 13 REB | 12 AST
Brown: 25 PTS | 7-11 FG | 5 REB pic.twitter.com/ZwJ3icQQ3P
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 10, 2023
Needless to say, NBA Twitter had a lot to say after watching the oddsmakers’ favorites to reach the NBA Finals now having their backs against the wall.
With #denver you can’t feel comfy until they actually win the series , they don’t have a proven track record of closing teams out so a game 7 is still possible.
— SteadyStills (@Steadystills) May 10, 2023
Let’s be real. 3x MVP in a row. Narrative of being really really good and not wining it, won it for Embiid this year. I mean he is great, but ol boy just does it all. All! Don’t assist like Joker and can be not involved watching the whole game way more often. What am I missing?
— rizin (@RRizin) May 10, 2023
Murray was balling for the @nuggets too!👏🏾👏🏾🏀#PHXvsDEN #NBAPlayoffs
— AshakiFitima (@AshakiFitima) May 10, 2023
FINISH IT ON THE ROAD NUGGETS
— NuggetsandAvsFanatic (3-1) (@nugsandskers15) May 10, 2023
Everybody acts tough when they up
— RJ 🧡💜 (@suns_giants) May 10, 2023
Notably, there’s a big chance Chris Paul returns to the floor for Game 6 after missing the past three contests with a groin injury, which is obviously great news for Monty Williams and company.
The Suns were actually up late in the game when Paul left with that tight groin, so having him back on the court brings hope back to the desert.
Even so, the Nuggets have been stellar for the most part of the series, led by Nikola Jokic’s historic playoff run.
Plenty of people doubted the Nuggets’ ability to match-up versus star-studded teams, arguing they might be just another regular-season team.
Fast forward to this game, and it’s pretty safe to say that that’s not the case.
This could be a legacy-defining season for Jokic, and Jamal Murray, Aaron Gordon, and Michael Porter Jr. are all healthy and playing the best basketball of their careers, and not even Kevin Durant and Devin Booker might be enough to hold them down this time.NEXT: JJ Redick Makes His Thoughts Clear About Nuggets In Game 5