Stop what you’re doing and watch this Nikola Jokic pass

Six-foot-11 men should not be able to make a no-look pass like that in transition; Jokic is not most 6-foot-11 men.

Center Nikola Jokić speaks to reporters at the Denver Nuggets press day, Sept. 26, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic made his return to the starting lineup against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday. Jokic scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting, grabbed four rebounds and had five assists in Denver’s 132-120 win.

He only played 19 minutes and 23 seconds because of foul trouble. But that is not what was important. This is what was important:

Six-foot-11 men should not be able to make a no-look pass like that in transition; Jokic is not most 6-foot-11 men.

This was Jokic’s first game back in the starting lineup since Nov. 10. He started alongside Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler. Denver got off to a strong start behind the group.

Harris, who’s missed 20 games this season, returned Thursday and played a fantastic all-around game. He needed only 38 touches to score 18 points and record six assists.

The Nuggets improved to 10-16 with the win. For as much as they’ve struggled, they’re still just two games behind the Trail Blazers (13-15) for the No. 8 seed in the West.

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Christian Clark

Author: Christian Clark

Christian Clark covers sports. He's worked for outlets that include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Oklahoman, Columbia Missourian and Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine. He likes music and Mexican food. Lots and lots of Mexican food. Got questions? Tips? You can reach him at cclark@denverite.com.