After 47 NBA seasons, the Denver Nuggets finally won the franchise’s first NBA championship on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), beating the Miami Heat 94-89 with the MVP Nikola Jokic dropping 28 points and 16 rebounds.
The Nuggets have won the best-of-seven NBA Finals 4-1 to bring the franchise an NBA crown, with the crowd roaring in delight with Miami’s third and final loss in 10 seasons.
“I’ve got news for everybody out there. We’ere not satisfied with one. We want more,” the Nuggets coach Michael Malone stated after the sweet victory.
Nikola Jokic was named MVP of the NBA finals with his outstanding performance.
He delivered when the team struggled with shooting futility but blanked Miami for more than five minutes in the fourth quarter.
“It was an amazing effort by the team. It was an ugly game. We couldn’t make shots. But in the end, we figured out how to defend and scored 90 points. That’s why we won. I’m just happy we won the game,” Jokic said during the post-game interview.
“It’s good. The job is done and we can go home now,” he finished.
The Nuggets shot 5 of 28 from the 3-point range, 13 of 23 from the free-throw line. The Heat was not precisely doing better with the shooting as well. A 71-50 rebounding disadvantage sank 9 of 34 from deep.
Two-time MVP Jokic scored 28 points on 12 of 16 shooting, 16 rebounds, and four assists.
The best player since the playoffs can now celebrate with a ring at the end of the season.
Michael Porter Jr. also had a great game dropping 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Jamal Murray added 14 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists for the Nuggets.
“We’re winning for the guys next to us,” Jokic said. “That’s why this means so much/ Everything this year is amazing. We believe in each other.”
Jimmy Butler led the Miami Heat with 21 points, with Bam Adebayo dropping 20 points and 12 rebounds. – WhatALife!/Zain