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Michael Porter Jr.’s brilliant answer on his drive to be all-around player

Michael Porter Jr., Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets engaged on a double-overtime thriller with the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. Michael Porter Jr. played significantly on the floor with 35 minutes of action but only managed to take nine shots from the field.

He shared that he didn’t try to force anything, especially in a tightly-contested game, and was just contented in contributing to the win for his team, via Mike Singer.

Even after his meager output against the Suns, MPJ further emphasized his desire to win instead of just putting up great individual numbers.

The 22-year-old was just on his second game back from a long absence since Dec. 29 due to the league’s health and safety protocols which caused him to miss time on the floor for the Nuggets. Porter hit five of his nine attempts from the field and drained three three-pointers to account for a total of 14 points along with 11 rebounds.

All-Star big man Nikola Jokic handled the majority of the scoring load as he came out with 29 points, 22 rebounds, and six assists. Jamal Murray also added 26 points and six rebounds of his own for the Nuggets.

Head coach Mike Malone and his team outscored their opponents in double overtime to run away with a 120-112 victory. The Nuggets now improved to a 9-7 record while the Suns dropped back to 8-7.

Michael Porter Jr. is hoping that he will get to have more opportunities and find better consistency as the season progresses. The Nuggets will aim for their fourth-straight victory when they visit the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 25.