DENVER – There’s a theme developing during this NBA postseason.
On Nuggets game nights, the ESPN Stats & Info Twitter account is ablaze with historic accomplishments being made by the Nuggets’ duo of stars: Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.
So was the case throughout the Nuggets' four-game sweep of their longtime postseason rival Los Angeles Lakers, and it continued into the franchise's first-ever NBA Finals.
Let’s take a look, game by game, at a few of the amazing things they've accomplished:
NBA FINALS GAME 4
The prolific postseason continued for Jokic, who became the first player in NBA history with 500 points, 250 rebounds and 150 assists in a single postseason.
He eclipsed that mark in the third quarter of Friday's Game 4.
In a class of his own 🃏 pic.twitter.com/rnMkg2uzpj— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) June 10, 2023
Jokic finished Game 4 with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in a game where he battled an ankle injury early and foul trouble late.
Murray became the first player ever to record 10 or more assists in each of his first four NBA Finals games.
He dished out 12 assists to go with 15 points in the win.
NBA FINALS GAME 3
Nikola Jokic became the first player to ever record at least 30 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in an NBA Finals game.
He and Jamal Murray became the first pair of teammates to each record a 30-point triple-double in the same game – not just in Finals or postseason history, but ever.
Nuggets' Jokic, Murray did something in Game 3 no other duo has ever done. Ever.
NBA FINALS GAME 2
Nikola Jokic became the first center in the history of the game to record 500 points and 100 assists in a single postseason, according to the NBA's Twitter account.
Nikola Jokic continues to make history 👏 pic.twitter.com/n7Cl1GuK36— NBA (@NBA) June 5, 2023
Game 2 of the Finals also made Jokic the third player at any position to log 500 points, 200 rebounds and 150 assists in one postseason.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, he joins LeBron James and Larry Bird as the only players to ever achieve that postseason stat line.
Nikola Jokic becomes the 3rd player in NBA postseason history with 500 points, 200 rebounds & 150 assists in a single playoff run.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 5, 2023
The only other players who have done so are LeBron James (4 times: 2015-18 & 2020) & Larry Bird (1987). pic.twitter.com/WWmUAvNQ1o
NBA FINALS GAME 1
Nikola Jokic shattered a LeBron James record by logging 10 points and 10 assists in one half of an NBA Finals game. Jokic and LeBron are the only players in the last 25 years to do it – but James accomplished the feat in his 42nd Finals appearance, while Jokic did it in his first.
Nikola Jokic joins LeBron James as the only players in the last 25 years with 10 points & 10 assists in any half of an NBA Finals game.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 2, 2023
James did it in his 42nd Finals game.
Jokic did it in his 1st. pic.twitter.com/VZKy7uFQps
He and Jamal Murray also became the third pair of teammates to record 10 assists each in an NBA Finals game. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen did it three times with the Chicago Bulls, and Magic Johnson and James Worthy did it twice with the Los Angeles Lakers.
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS GAME 4
Game 4 marked Jokic's eighth triple-double of the postseason – the most by a single player in a single postseason.
Nikola Jokic records his 8th triple-double of the playoffs, passing Wilt Chamberlain for most in a single postseason.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 23, 2023
Most Triple-Doubles in Single Postseason
2023 Nikola Jokic 8
1967 Wilt Chamberlain 7
1982 Magic Johnson 6
2019 Draymond Green 6 pic.twitter.com/xtQn82jSk4
He also became the second player in league history to average a triple-double in multiple postseason series in a single year, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
He joined Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain (1967) in accomplishing the feat. Chamberlain's 1967 Philadelphia won the title.
Jokic named West Finals MVP; averaged triple-double in series sweep
Jokic (30) and Murray (25) each scored 25 or more points in Game 4, marking the seventh such game this postseason. That's tied for the second-most 25-point pairings in the first three rounds of any single playoffs in league history.
Nikola Jokic & Jamal Murray have each scored 25 pts in the same game 7x this postseason.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 23, 2023
That's tied for the 2nd-most by any duo entering the Finals in NBA history.
2020 James & Davis LAL: 8
2023 Jokic & Murray DEN: 7
2012 Durant & Westbrook OKC: 7
1968 Baylor & West LAL: 7 pic.twitter.com/fQ2fyu6nLE
The Western Conference Finals were the 44th playoff series in franchise history, but the first-ever postseason series sweep for the Nuggets.
A season of firsts for Denver....— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 23, 2023
- 1st time reaching NBA Finals (94 playoff wins most in NBA history prior to 1st Finals app)
- 1st time with best record in its conference (was 1 of 5 active franchises to never do so)
- 1st playoff series sweep (44th playoff series) pic.twitter.com/VPmWW0bbIL
Rare company for The Joker
Nikola Jokic is the 2nd player in NBA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 800 assists in a single season, including regular season and playoffs.
Oscar Robertson (1961-62) is the only other player in history to accomplish the feat.
With 4 rebounds tonight, Nikola Jokic is the 2nd player in NBA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 800 assists in a single season, including reg. season and playoffs. He joins Oscar Robertson in 1961-62. pic.twitter.com/slCWEyBQu1— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 21, 2023
With 23 points in the fourth quarter of Game 2 and 17 in the first quarter of Game 3, Jamal Murray officially logged one of the best two-quarter stretches in the history of the league.
Jamal Murray has scored 40 points in his last 2 quarters. That is the most over a 2-quarter span over the last 25 postseasons. pic.twitter.com/LKBMeaP22D— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 21, 2023
Another triple-double accomplishment for Jokic
After notching 23 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists Thursday, Jokic is the only player in league history to record four consecutive 20-point triple-doubles in the postseason.
Nikola Jokic is the first player with 4 straight 20-point triple-doubles in NBA postseason history. pic.twitter.com/z6wSPVzIMW— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 19, 2023
He’s averaging a triple-double during these playoffs, posting an incredible 30.4 points, 13.8 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game.
Nikola Jokic made all kinds of history with virtuoso Game 1 performance vs. LA
Murray’s monster fourth quarter
Murray’s 23 points in the final frame gave him four career 20-point fourth quarters, which is the most such achievements since 1997.
Jamal Murray finished with 23 points in the 4th quarter.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 19, 2023
It was his 4th career 20-point 4th quarter in the playoffs, the most of any player over the last 25 years. pic.twitter.com/x48ubxrtth
The Nuggets guard also scored the last 12 points of the contest, which is the second-highest consecutive points streak to close out a game in a conference finals or finals game in the last quarter-century.
It’s second only to LeBron James, who scored 25 straight points to end a 2007 playoff game against the Detroit Pistons.
Jamal Murray scored the final 12 points of the game for the Nuggets, the 2nd-most consecutive scored for a team to end a game in a Conf or NBA Finals win over the last 25 years.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 19, 2023
LeBron James had the final 25 points for the Cavaliers in 2007 against the Pistons. pic.twitter.com/8ToamPBozP
Lakers superstar LeBron James finds himself on the opposite side of history after Game 2. He’s missed 19 straight fourth-quarter three-point attempts – the longest such streak in 25 years.
LeBron James has missed 19 straight 3-pointers in the 4th quarter dating back to Game 2 of the 1st Round this year.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 19, 2023
That's the longest streak by any player in the last 25 postseasons. pic.twitter.com/xMzmc1sINI
Another monster triple-double for Nikola Jokic
Jokic registered 30 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for the fourth time in his playoff career. That’s the most all-time, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Nikola Jokic has recorded his 4th career playoff game with 30 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, the most by any player in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/ycaGSdonRH— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2023
And the accuracy, to boot
Jokic is also the first player with a 30-point triple-double and a 70% field goal percentage in back-to-back playoff games.
Nikola Jokic is the 1st player in NBA postseason history with a 30-point triple-double and 70% shooting in consecutive games. pic.twitter.com/AZXw4qn86h— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2023
Jokic became the first player in a quarter-century to record 15 points, 15 boards and 5 assists in one half of a postseason game.
He also becomes the first 1st player with 15 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists in ANY half of a playoff game over the last 25 years— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2023
The Serbian sensation also became the first player to have 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in any quarter of any game – regular season or postseason – in the same time frame.
Nikola Jokic is the 1st player with 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in ANY quarter over the last 25 years, including both reg. season and playoffs. pic.twitter.com/8DmAIfwhWu— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2023
Battle of the bigs
Jokic and Lakers center Anthony Davis became the third set of opposing centers to each score 30-plus points in a playoff game. Davis scored 40 in Game 1.
Over the last 50 years, Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic are the 3rd pair of opposing starting centers to each have 30 points in a playoff game.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 17, 2023
They join Hakeem Olajuwon-Shaquille O'Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon-David Robinson, both in 1995. pic.twitter.com/F138t9MQBG