NBA: Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic wins MVP award for second year in a row
The Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic has won the Most Valuable NBA Player of the Year award for the second time in a row.
The Serbs defeated Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid ’76 and Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo.
In the playoffs, the Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 110-107 and led 3-2 in the Eastern Semifinals.
The Memphis Grizzlies continued their winning streak with a 134-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors, now trailing 3-2.
Desmond Bean, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Theos Jones contributed 21 points for the Grizzlies in the best playoff appearance in playoff history.
This is the second year in a row, they won the Western Playoffs without Ja Morant due to a knee injury.
Antetokounmpo scored 40 points and led the team to victory in Boston. They trailed 93-79 with 10 minutes left, but the NBA Finals MVP had several games as the Bucks won the final quarter 33-21.
The Greeks missed a free throw and gave the Bucks 107 points, but teammate Bobby Ports picked up a loose ball and put them ahead with 11 seconds to go for two successful free throws.
“I thank coach Nikola Djokovic”
Jokic received the MVP Award with 875 points from a global jury of 100 sports reporters and broadcasters.
He became the first player in NBA history averaging 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists per game in one season, and at least 25 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists per game in one season.
International players entered the top three for the first time, with Cameroon’s Embiid and Greek Antetokounmpo.
“I do not know what to say about Nicholas right now,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone.
“He keeps improving the game; he proves that people make mistakes repeatedly when people doubt him, and he is the best player in the world every night.
“I’ve said it many times before, and I’m very grateful to coach Nikola Djokovic and the connection we built off the field during the seven years we spent together.”