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Nikola Jokic's triple-double puts Nuggets one win from WCF

DENVER -- Michael Malone interrupted a postgame question about Nikola Jokic passing Wilt Chamberlain for the most triple-doubles by a center in NBA playoff history.

"Again?" the Denver Nuggets' coach asked facetiously. "Making a habit of this. Must be stat-padding."

Malone's sarcastic response was directed at Jokic's detractors. The two-time MVP, though, isn't worried about critics or stats. He cares only about wins, and he has his team one win away from returning to the Western Conference finals.

Jokic delivered 29 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists and two blocks to help Denver crush the Phoenix Suns 118-102 in Game 5 on Tuesday night at Ball Arena.