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Nikola Jokic reacts to Nuggets’ shocking loss vs. Warriors

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Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic offered an interesting assessment of what his team needs to improve on following Tuesday night’s 116-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Though they currently have the worst record in the NBA at 14-48 overall, the Warriors managed to rally from the depths of a 15-point deficit in the second half to claim a win over the Nuggets — a team that has one of the best records (41-20) in the NBA. Golden State forward Eric Paschall racked up nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter alone, while Andrew Wiggins finished with a double-double (22 points and 10 assists).

Jokic acknowledged what helped cause the Nuggets’ downfall:

“We didn’t lose the game there, but we lost the momentum,” Jokic said of the Warriors’ second-half rally.

Defense has been an issue for Denver as of late. In fact, the Nuggets have the second-worst defense in the NBA since the All-Star break, as Mike Singer of The Denver Post recently noted. And furthermore, they’re 3-3 in that same span, and Jokic understands some things need to be fixed:

“It’s six games. It’s a bad stretch… or maybe that’s us,” Jokic told Singer during Tuesday’s postgame media availability.

Jokic logged 32 minutes in Tuesday night’s loss, notching 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field (0-of-1 from beyond the arc), 13 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one steal.

This isn’t the first time the Nuggets have been defeated by a team that was viewed as an underdog this season, as they also have losses to Cleveland and Atlanta. While bad losses like this always happen over the course of a long season, this loss to the Warriors in Denver was especially rough.

Jokic and the Nuggets will now hit the road for two games, starting with a matchup against the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night. Tip-off inside the Spectrum Center is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.