NBA Finals: Denver Nuggets defeat Miami Heat in Game 3, lead series 2-1
The Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat 109-94 to grab a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals. Jokic scored 32 points, becoming the 1st player in Finals history to have 30 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists. In the last seconds, Murray ended with 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to complete his own triple-double.
The best-of-seven series continues on Friday (01:30 BST Saturday) at the same location, the Kaseya Centre in Miami.
Jokic and Murray are the 1st teammates to post triple-doubles in the same Finals match, as well as the 1st to post 30-point triple-doubles in the same match at any stage of the season.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone called it their best performance as a team in their seven years together.
“Nothing he does surprises me, ever,” Malone said of Jokic. “The guy has shown over and over again that he’s built for these moments.
“Jamal is a guy that thrives, lives and excels in the moment – never afraid of it. And you can’t say that for a lot of players.”
For the Heat, Jimmy Butler got 28 points and Bam Adebayo had 22 points and 17 rebounds in front of a crowd that included five-time NBA champion Magic Johnson, players Neymar and Paul Pogba and singer Shakira.
The Nuggets, who were defeated 111-108 in Denver on Sunday, have never won the NBA Championship, while the Heat are attempting to become the first eighth seed to win a championship.