NBA playoffs 2019: Nikola Jokic's triple-double was a mic-break moment

It has been hard to keep Nikola Jokic out of the headlines in recent days as the second-round playoff series between his Nuggets and the Trail Blazers heats up. 

Jokic, 24, played an incredible 65 minutes — contributing 33 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists — in an epic quadruple-overtime Game 3 loss.

He suggested afterward that the exhausting defeat should hush critics’ doubts about his fitness, before again delivering in Game 4. 

The Serbian finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a 116-112 win Sunday to level the series at 2-2. 

And Jokic was not done there as he inadvertently stole the show by breaking the NBA microphone stationed in front of him ahead of a news conference. 

Having earlier dominated the floor in a playoff match, the wide-eyed Jokic suddenly looked panicked as he innocently told a member of staff: “Someone broke it …” 

Jokic continued to amuse the assembled media with his comments throughout, responding to questions about Damian Lillard’s form for the Trail Blazers by saying: “Brother, he scored 30 points!” 

Describing his day leading up to the game, he added: “I ate good, watched a TV show, ate good again and slept. I didn’t even think about the game.”