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DENVER, CO – The Denver Nuggets kicked off their 2023-24 NBA season in style, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 125-109 on Tuesday night. Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic put on a dominant performance, recording a triple-double with 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists.
The Nuggets, fresh off their championship win last season, looked poised to defend their title. Jokic, the heart of the team, showcased his all-around skills, orchestrating the offense and controlling the boards. His presence drew double teams, opening up opportunities for his teammates.
Newcomer Jalen Brunson, acquired in a blockbuster trade during the offseason, made an immediate impact, scoring 21 points and providing a spark on both ends of the court. His energy and playmaking ability complemented Jokic perfectly.
The Lakers, despite the return of Anthony Davis, struggled to keep pace with the Nuggets. LeBron James led the team with 25 points, but the Lakers’ defense couldn’t contain Denver’s offensive firepower.
The Nuggets’ victory served as a statement to the rest of the league: they are ready to defend their crown. With Jokic leading the charge and a deep, talented roster around him, the Nuggets are poised for another successful season.