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Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic tallies monster 5-by-5 vs. Kings

Jusuf Nurkic, Blazers

Jusuf Nurkic of the Portland Trail Blazers notched a big 5-by-5 stat line against the Sacramento Kings.

The 24-year-old center tallied 24 points, 23 rebounds, seven assists, five steals, and five blocks. He was 5-of-10 from the field and 14-of-16 from the free throw line. Best of all, they got the 108-113 victory in overtime against the Kings.

It’s safe to say that the Bosnian Beast has found a home with the Blazers. This is his second full season with the team after being traded in February 2017 from the Denver Nuggets. He has worked his way to becoming a full-fledged starting center in the NBA and is averaging 14.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and 1.0 steal per game.

Jusuf Nurkic has been the perfect complement to the Blazers’ dynamic backcourt duo of C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard, who had 16 and 25 points, respectively, in Tuesday’s win.

Nurkic and the Blazers will head back home to face Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. It will be the first of a five-game homestand.

The Kings, for their part, got contributions from Buddy Hield who had a team-high, 27 points, Bogdan Bogdanovic with 19 points, De’Aaron Fox with 13, and Nemanja Bjelica with 14. They will look to bounce back on Thursday when they host the Denver Nuggets.