“Legend of Nikola Jokic”: Inside the Nuggets superstar’s second consecutive game-winner

MINNEAPOLIS — Maybe the most remarkable thing about Nikola Jokic’s second consecutive game-winning shot was how unremarkable it felt.

At least to his teammates.

The Nuggets had gone scoreless over the final 6:43 of regulation. They had turned the ball over 10 times and sent Minnesota to the free-throw line 14 times during their fourth-quarter collapse. A 16-point lead had vanished to force overtime, where they had committed two more turnovers.

Yet when Jokic bailed them out for the second time in three days with an improbable, baseline fadeaway in the face of 7-foot Karl-Anthony Towns, the Nuggets’ postgame locker room carried on as if nothing special had just happened. The postgame meals were enjoyed, and the buses were ready to head to the airport.

“Like, whatever,” Paul Millsap said of the reception Jokic got after he saved them in Sunday’s 100-98 win over the Timberwolves to improve to 7-2. “You expect that. It’s to the point where you expect him to make it every time. … At this point, you just sit back and watch it.”