The Rundown: Nuggets beat Warriors; Pop gets 1,335th win

Published March 8, 2022, 3:00 PMRenee Ticzon

Nikola Jokic helped the Nuggets take down the shorthanded Warriors, while Spurs coach Gregg Popovich registered his 1,335th coaching win.



Pistons 113, Hawks 110
76ers 121, Bulls 106
Heat 123, Rockets 106
Timberwolves 124, Trail Blazers 81
Spurs 117, Lakers 110
Mavericks 111, Jazz 103
Nuggets 131, Warriors 124
Knicks 131, Kings 115

What went down

The Denver Nuggets took a 131-124 win against the visiting Golden State Warriors, who were without Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins. This looked like a freebie for the Nuggets but the persistent Warriors did not go down without a fight. Jordan Poole and Moses Moody combined for 62 points and 13 triples.

Nikola Jokic bagged another triple-double with 32 points, 15 rebounds, and 13 assists. Davon Reed led Denver’s hot start after making 14 of his career-high 17 points in the first half.

The Nuggets were hot in the third quarter, stretching the lead to 14 but Golden State made an 11-0 run late in the period to get back into the game.

Every time the Nuggets tried to break away, the Warriors kept doing enough to keep them within striking distance. That’s when Jokic went into overdrive again, scoring 10 points in the final minutes. 

The Nuggets extended their winning streak to three games, winning nine of their last 10 games. Meanwhile, the Warriors continued to skid down the rankings as they suffered their fifth straight loss.

Big-time baller

When Joel Embiid gets hot, it’s lethal.

Embiid led the Sixers to a 121-106 victory over the Bulls with 43 points and 14 rebounds. In the third period alone, he went 7-of-10 for 19 points. Embiid has gotten exceptionally comfortable with his running mate James Harden, who also had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. 

The Sixers are 5-1 since Harden suited up. The duo boosted the 76ers to the second seed in the East and are looking to be a serious Finals contender when healthy.

What he said

Gregg Popovich is one win away from becoming the winningest NBA coach. He is now tied with Nelson at 1,335 for most coaching wins.

Popovich’s extensive resume includes five championships, two Coach of the Year awards, and an Olympic gold medal for Team USA. The veteran coach is also part of the NBA’s 15 Greatest Coaches list.

NBA TV analyst Greg Anthony praised Popovich, noting the great impact the Spurs coach has on the game.

"What I'm most impressed with is their ability to evolve with the game. And that's what great coaches do. You have to adapt to your personnel and to the game, the way it's played,” he said.

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