Jokić shines in NBA finals debut as Nuggets take Game 1 from Heat

NBA finals Nuggets take Game 1

There are some doubts surrounding Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets for their first NBA Finals appearance, but their hunger clears all uncertainty.

The two-time MVP Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets recorded yet another spectacular game. The former MVP finished with 27pts, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. Jokic, known for his exceptional all-around skills, made a significant impact on the game. Jokic’s dominant presence in the paint and his playmaking skills were vital for the Nuggets’ offensive success in Game 1.

Jamal Murray also added 26 significant points as the Nuggets roll past the Heat.

Aaron Gordon and Michael Porter Jr. also showcased their scoring prowess, giving the Nuggets 30 combined points. Their ability to stretch the floor with his shooting and provide valuable scoring options alongside Jokic proved crucial for the Nuggets.

On the opposing side, 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 opened the 4th quarter on an 11-0 run, cutting the 22 point lead by 10, 84-74. But their run fell short as the Nuggets regain the momentum outscoring them in the last quarter, 30-20.

Game 2 will also be in Denver on Sunday night.

The Heat had won six straight Game 1s entering this contest, but the Nuggets broke that streak. Miami’s ability to get off to good starts was crucial in their fairytale run thus far as the eighth seed.

“I reminded that group that Miami went into Milwaukee and won Game 1. They went into the Garden in New York City and won Game 1. They won Game 1 up in Boston. We did not want them coming in here taking control of the series.” A win in Game 1 in Denver would’ve given them tremendous confidence. Coach Malone reflected on avoiding a loss in Game 1

With the series in full swing, fans can look forward to more thrilling games and remarkable player performance as the NBA Finals 2023 unfolds.

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