- The Denver Nuggets beat the Miami Heat 113-96, with Nikola Jokic scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds.
- A stretcher was brought onto the floor by medical professionals, but Morris could get up and go away on his own.
On Monday night, the Denver Nuggets beat the Miami Heat 113-96, with Nikola Jokic scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists before being tossed for brutally smashing his shoulder into Markieff Morris.
Morris is thought to have a neck ailment, according to the Heat. Jokic said he recoiled when he saw a clip of the altercation and saw how hard Morris’ head hit the floor.
“I felt really bad,” Jokic admitted.
The Nuggets got 25 points from Will Barton and 13 points from Jeff Green, who took over for an ailing Michael Porter Jr. For the seventh time this season, Denver held an opponent to under 100 points.
The Heat was led by Jimmy Butler, who scored 31 points, and Duncan Robinson, who had 13.
Morris elbowed Jokic in the midriff near half-court with 2:39 left. When Jokic replied with a powerful shove from behind with his upper arm/shoulder, Morris was knocked to the ground.
As teammates pushed Jokic away, Morris rolled in anguish. A stretcher was brought onto the floor by medical professionals, but Morris could get up and go away on his own.
“We wanted to make sure Kieff was and was not in any danger.” Of the apparent neck injury, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, “We’ll find out more.” “He’s moving around in the locker room right now.” However, that was a really risky and filthy play.”
After committing a flagrant foul, Morris was dismissed, while Jokic was also ejected, and Butler was given a technical foul.
Jokic’s actions, according to Spoelstra, were “completely uncalled for.” Morris’ hit, on the other hand, went beyond a hard foul, according to Jokic.
“I simply felt like I needed to protect myself, but on the other hand, I’m not meant to respond like that and get kicked out of the game,” Jokic explained.
“It was a play that shouldn’t have happened,” Green said.
“I believe Markieff went out and attempted a hard foul. “I don’t believe he intended to harm Joker,” he stated. “However, sometimes when things like that happen, you don’t know the other person’s purpose, and you just respond, which is exactly what Joker did.”
The Nuggets went into the third quarter with a 15-point advantage, scoring 11 of the first 16 points and extended their lead to 75-54 on a driving layup by Green off a pass from Jokic. Denver moved into the fourth quarter with a 91-70 lead.
Butler connected on consecutive 3s around a layup by Jokic to get Miami within 105-92 with little over four minutes remaining, before Denver’s Barton connected on consecutive 3s to seal the win.
Jokic, Barton, and Morris all scored in double digits by halftime, helping the Nuggets to 64-49 leads.
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