NBA Daily Roundup
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NBA Daily For Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Roundup of NBA Finals Game 5
Nuggets take home 1st NBA title in rugged 94-89 win over Heat
The AP reports: The Nuggets outlasted the Miami Heat 94-89 in an ugly, frantic Game 5 that did nothing to derail Nikola Jokic, who bailed out his teammates with 28 points and 16 rebounds on a night when nothing else seemed to work.
Jokic became the first player in history to lead the league in points (600), rebounds (269) and assists (190) in a single postseason. Not surprisingly, he won the Bill Russell trophy as the NBA Finals MVP - an award that certainly has more meaning to him than the two overall MVPs he won in 2021 and ’22 and the one that escaped him this year... Unable to shake the tenacious Heat or their own closing-night jitters, the Nuggets missed 20 of their first 22 3-pointers. They missed seven of their first 13 free throws. They overcame that to take a late seven-point lead, only to see Miami’s Jimmy Butler go off. He scored eight straight points to give the Heat a one-point lead with 2:45 left.
NBA Daily For Saturday, June 10, 2023
Roundup of NBA Finals Game 4
Nuggets now in full command of NBA Finals, top Heat 108-95 for 3-1 lead
The AP reports: The 47-year wait for Denver might be over as soon as Monday, with Nikola Jokic and his Nuggets now just one win away from getting the title that he's wanted for so long. Aaron Gordon scored 27 points, Jokic added 23 and the Nuggets beat the Miami Heat 108-95 on Friday night to take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals... Bruce Brown scored 21 off the bench for the Nuggets, who won their fifth straight road game to grab complete command. They’ll have three chances to win one game for a title, two of those in Denver, the first in what’s sure to be a raucous atmosphere for Game 5. Jamal Murray had 15 points and 12 assists - his fourth consecutive double-digit assist game - for Denver.
NBA Daily For Thursday, June 8, 2023
Roundup of NBA Finals Game 3
Jokic and Murray both have triple-doubles, Nuggets beat Heat 109-94
The AP reports: Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray made history Wednesday night - and have the Denver Nuggets two wins away from making some real history as well.
Jokic and Murray became the first teammates in NBA Finals history to both record triple-doubles, and the Nuggets reclaimed the lead in the series by beating the Miami Heat 109-94 in Game 3... Jokic finished with 32 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists - the first such game in NBA Finals history, or at least the first since assists were tracked. Murray had 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, getting the rebound he needed with 9 seconds remaining.
The Nuggets outrebounded the Heat 58-33, and took a 2-1 lead. Game 4 is Friday in Miami... Jimmy Butler scored 28 points for Miami, and Bam Adebayo finished with 22 points and 17 rebounds.
NBA Daily For Monday, June 5, 2023
Roundup of NBA Finals Game 2
Heat roar back in the 4th quarter, beat Nuggets 111-108 in Game 2
The AP reports: The Heat tied the NBA Finals and had to overcome a monster 41-point effort from Nikola Jokic to do it. Gabe Vincent scored 23 points, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo each had 21 and Heat beat the Denver Nuggets 111-108 in Game 2 on Sunday night.
“Our guys are competitors,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “They love these kind of moments.”
They were down by as many as 15 points, down eight going into the fourth, and those numbers signified they were going to lose. Denver was 11-0 in these playoffs when leading by double digits at any point in a game, and 37-1 this season overall when leading by at least eight going into the fourth.
The Heat didn't care. They outscored Denver 17-5 in the first 3:17 of the fourth to take the lead for good, eventually went up by 12, then frittered most of it away and had to survive a 3-point try by Jamal Murray as time expired.
NBA Daily For Friday, June 2, 2023
Roundup of NBA Finals Game 1
Jokic gets triple-double, Nuggets roll past Heat 104-93 in Game 1
The AP reports: [Nikola] Jokic got a triple-double in his finals debut, Jamal Murray scored 26 points and the Nuggets had little trouble with the cold-shooting Miami Heat on the way to a 104-93 win in Game 1 on Thursday night... Jokic was the one in control. The two-time NBA MVP finished with 27 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who waited 47 years to make the finals and didn’t disappoint... Bam Adebayo finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, which shot 41% for the game - 33% from 3-point range. Gabe Vincent scored 19, Haywood Highsmith had 18 and Jimmy Butler added 13 for the Heat.
Miami was 2 for 2 from the foul line - a night like none other in NBA playoff history.