NBA Finals: After Game 2, Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets were tied in the NBA Finals. Nikola Jokic had a game-high 41 points.
Gabe Vincent led Miami to a 111-108 victory on Sunday night with 23 points, Jimmy Butler had 21, and Bam Adebayo had 21.
Erik Spoelstra, head coach, was not surprised by the valiant act and said that “Our guys are competitors, they love these kinds of moments.”
His squad appeared to be headed for yet another loss as they were down by as much as 15 points, eight going into the fourth. Denver was 11-0 in the playoffs while in a double-digit lead, so they weren’t about to slow down now.
But the Heat didn’t give a damn. In the opening 3:17 of the fourth, they outscored the Nuggets 17-5 to seize the lead. Butler’s jump shot gave Miami a 21-10 lead with 4:56 remaining in the first quarter, marking the second-largest advantage any opponent has amassed in Denver thus far in these playoffs.
It vanished in an instant and then some.
Over the course of the following nine minutes, the Nuggets outscored Miami 32-11, converting a double-digit deficit into a double-digit advantage thanks to an unrelenting three-point onslaught.
Denver scored four three-pointers in a 70-second span early in the second quarter, outscoring Miami by nine minutes, and they came from four different players: Brown, Jeff Green, Jamal Murray, and Aaron Gordon.
Boing, boing, boing, and boing. Denver led 44-32 as the burst of scores came to an end, and they were racing towards a second victory thanks to Murray’s five straight points.
Miami argued the opposite. In fact, the Heat won a game by five points or less for the 44th time this season. They are all smaller than this one.
Denver’s setback is significant since it was their first home loss since March 30 and their first in 10 home playoff games this season. The alarm was raised by Nuggets coach Michael Malone, exactly as he had done following a victory in Game One.
Malone responded, “Let’s talk about effort. “I mean, we’re talking about effort, and this is the NBA Finals. I have serious concerns about it.
“After Game One, I probably made up a backstory that you people felt I was telling to explain why we didn’t play well. We played poorly. Not the preseason here. The regular season is not now. It’s the NBA Finals right now.”
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