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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.