Nikola Jokic broke new ground on Thursday as he recorded another triple-double in the Denver Nuggets’ 122-110 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The MVP backbone scored 15 points with 13 rebounds and 13 assists to pass Wilt Chamberlain for the most triple-doubles ever recorded by a center.
With 79 years in his career, Jokic is sixth on the all-time list behind LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook.
Despite this remarkable achievement, the 27-year-old was not walking.
“It’s nice to be compared to a guy who’s probably one of the best ever,” Jokic said in a courtside interview when asked about his thoughts on surpassing Chamberlain.
“It’s the legacy I’m leaving behind, so it’s nice.”
Jokic, in his eighth NBA season, got off to a slow start in Thursday’s game against the Thunder, scoring just two points in the first half.
However, his Nuggets pulled ahead in the second half thanks to the impressive performance of Aaron Gordon, who finished the night with 27 points.
Jamal Murray also added 24 points for the Nuggets, who bounced back from a loss against the LA Lakers.
The Thunder struggled in the third quarter Thursday and trailed 95-93 in the fourth, but the Nuggets regained the lead before the end.
“Was it the full 48 minutes? No,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone told reporters after the game.
“But what I’m proud of is when they went on that big run in the third quarter and when we stopped playing defense and turned the ball over, we came back together. We didn’t panic.”
The Nuggets host the San Antonio Spurs in their next game on Saturday with Jokic chasing James, who is fifth on the all-time triple-double list at 105.