Jokic and Murray Make History in NBA Finals Upset


| LAST UPDATE 06/08/2023

By Bernadette Forster
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Basket fans, the Denver Nuggets are making history in the NBA Finals. Nikola Jokic, who some believe should have won his third consecutive MVP Award, had a night to remember with the first 30-20-10 effort in NBA Finals history. Talk about impressive! The Joker ended the game with 32 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists. But he wasn't the only one to make headlines. Jamal Murray also posted a triple-double, leading all scorers with 34 points, as well as grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists.

What makes this even more noteworthy is that Jokic and Murray now hold the title for the first teammates in NBA history to have 30-point triple-doubles in the same game, including the regular season. Impressive, much? But it's not just about individual performances; the Denver Nuggets are now leading the series 2-1, with the franchise vying for their first championship in its history.

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In the game against the Miami Heat, no team had a lead beyond five points in the first half. However, the third quarter saw Denver open up on a 6-0 run to take the first double-digit lead of the night, and they made sure it didn't relinquish. They were able to extend their lead up to 19 points in that period, and it got as high as 21 in the fourth. Miami went on a late run, cutting their deficit to nine, but it just wasn't enough. Only two Miami Heat players were in double-digits: Jimmy Butler with 28 points and Bam Adebayo with 22 points and 17 boards. The rest of the team combined to score just 44 points. In contrast, the Nuggets shot an impressive 51.2% from the floor, while the Heat hit just 37.0% of their shots.

Game 4 is coming up on Friday night in Miami. With a loss, Miami will try to do what hasn't been done since the 2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers: Win the NBA Finals after trailing 3-1 in the series. It's going to be a nail-biting game, as the Heat are surely looking to even the score. But will they be able to do it? Or will the Denver Nuggets continue to make history? Stay tuned and find out!

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