NBA Final: The Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat 108-95 to grab a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals and move within a game of their first title. Aaron Gordon scored 27 points and Nikola Jokic added 23 as the Nuggets moved within a game of their first win.
Bruce Brown scored 21 points off the bench, while Jamal Murray recorded his fourth straight double-digit assist game.
“Today was truly a team effort,” Murray stated. “I can’t even think of one person.” Everyone was focused. We have one more to go.”
The Heat, on the other hand, went off the floor quietly.
Despite Jimmy Butler’s 25 points, there was nothing to celebrate about in Miami. This is the third time in three finals appearances that they have fallen down 3-1.
They were behind by 13 points entering the fourth quarter, as they had been in every game of the series. Butler and his teammates, on the other hand, came out with sufficient urgency and scored eight straight points, helped by Jokic committing his fifth foul of the game and being forced to leave the floor with 9:24 remaining.
Butler’s three-point play with 8:42 remaining cut the deficit to 86-81. Even with their two-time MVP still out, the Nuggets, who broke apart in the fourth quarter of Game Two for their lone loss of the series, didn’t fold.
Murray hit a three-pointer to end Miami’s 8-0 run, and Jeff Green followed from near the Heat bench for a 94-85 advantage with 6:21 remaining.
Jokic then returned to Miami after failing to capitalise on his absence. After scrambling to make the playoffs, the Heat must now pull off the ultimate scramble to win a title.
“This is what this year’s been all about for this group, so we’re definitely not going to hang our heads or quit,” Heat guard Duncan Robinson said. “That isn’t an option.” That will not happen. So we’ll gather together, board this aeroplane tomorrow, and figure it out.”
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