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Draymond Green Reveals What He Told Nikola Jokic After Game

Draymond Green on the court during a Warriors NBA Finals game.

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 08: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Golden State Warriors eliminated the Denver Nuggets with a 102-98 victory on Wednesday night. Following a hard-fought five-game series, Draymond Green paid respect to Nikola Jokic.

Green and Jokic embraced on the court after Golden State's series-clinching win. When asked about the moment during his post-game press conference, via NBC Sports, the Warriors forward revealed what he told the Nuggets superstar.

"I just told him, 'Thank you for making me better,'" Green said. "It's absolutely incredible to play against a guy like that. Incredible, incredible talent. So 'Thank you for making me better.' It's an honor and pleasure to play against someone so talented and so skilled. And usually when you have guys that talented and that skilled, they are a little soft. He's far, far from soft. He's an absolutely incredible player."

Jokic also showed admiration to Green. Per The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov, Jokic credited the 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year as Golden State's "glue guy" who "needs to do everything." "He's a great guy," Jokic said of Green. "You can hear him talk nonstop on defense. He's actually their eyes and ears. Amazing player. I really appreciate our matchup."

Although Denver fell short against a rejuvenated Warriors squad, Jokic did everything he could to keep his team alive. The defending MVP, who's a finalist for this year's award, averaged 31.0 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.6 steals throughout the first-round series.

After scoring 37 points in Denver's lone win, Jokic went 12-of-18 with 30 points, 19 boards, and eight assists Wednesday night.

Having endured the difficult matchup, Green and the Warriors will face either the Memphis Grizzlies or Minnesota Timberwolves in the next round. Up 3-2, Memphis can advance on the road Friday night.