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Nikola Jokic Shines in NBA Season Opener: Magic Johnson and More React

Published on October 25, 2023, 6:53 AM EDT

By Pritha Debroy

After missing out on his third straight regular season MVP award, Nikola Jokic compensated by winning the 2023 Finals MVP trophy. Just four months later, the 5-time All-Star delivered a phenomenal triple-double performance during the Nuggets’ season opener.

Magic Johnson's Praise for the Denver Nuggets

Magic Johnson, the legendary Los Angeles Lakers player, knows what it takes for a team to win back-to-back titles. Captivated by the Denver Nuggets' display, he tweeted, "Tonight we learned the World Champion Denver Nuggets are going to be very tough to beat in the NBA Playoffs." He also praised coach Mike Malone and highlighted Aaron Gordon's exceptional play.

Jokic and Murray's Pick-and-Roll Chemistry

Impressed by the dynamic Serbian Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray as a formidable duo, Magic Johnson labeled their pick-and-roll chemistry the most outstanding in the entire league. Jokic's 106th career triple-double showcased his versatility, while Murray contributed 21 points and six assists.

Lakers' Efforts Fall Short

Despite LeBron James and Anthony Davis putting on an impressive performance, the Lakers couldn't beat the Nuggets, suffering a 119-107 loss. Jokic's skills left even the legendary Boston Celtics player Kevin Garnett astonished.

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