The most impressive part of Nikola Jokic’s latest MVP performance went well beyond the box score

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The defining moment of Nikola Jokic's season didn't come Sunday night against Portland when the Serb poured in a season-high 40 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as Denver flattened Jusuf Nurkic and the red-hot Trail Blazers. It wasn't his perfect triple-double earlier this year against the Suns either, or when he handed out 15 assists, completely dominating the ebbs and flows of the game while only attempting 16 shots last month against the Knicks.

It came in a cramped and dreary visitor's locker room in Phoenix after Denver's worst loss of the season — a 102-93 drubbing at the hands of the Devin Booker-less Suns. There, Jokic stood in front of the cameras and let his teammates have it.

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