Updated Saturday, June 10, 2023 –
The Serbian is the first player in NBA history capable of sealing more than 500 points, 250 rebounds and 150 assists in a postseason
- NBA Jokic, the ‘slowness’ and the challenge of a historic ring for the Nuggets
Jokic he has done it again. Impressive performance by the Serbian, with 23 points and twelve rebounds, in a game that he dominated from start to finish. The Denver Nuggets it seems that they have already ordered the ring after their victory against Miami by 108-95 in the Kaseya Center advantage that gives them a 3-1 advantage in the NBA Finals, which leaves them one step away from celebrating the first title in their history.
The Nuggets will be able to sentence the Finals this Monday in Denver, where they only lost one game in this postseason, after adding two wins out of two in their visit to the Heat.
The team of Michael Malone he grazed 50% in field goals and connected 14 triples of 28, driven by a magnificent Aaron Gordon 27 points (11 of 15 shooting), six rebounds and six assists, and by Nikola Jokic.
Jokic, double MVP, became the first player in NBA history capable of sealing more than 500 points, 250 rebounds and 150 assists in a postseason.
Even on a day when Jamal Murray did not shine, with fifteen points and a modest fifteen of 17 shots, the Nuggets could count on their wardrobe and the brilliant contribution of Bruce Brown (21 points and three triples).
In the Heat, Jimmy Butler he was the best scorer with 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and Bam Adebayo contributed a double double of twenty points and eleven rebounds. Leaving the bench Kyle Lowry input passes, Duncan Robinson He put in twelve, and Caleb Martin signed eleven.
THE HEAT, WITH THE HEAD HIGH
The Heat did not lack commitment, with soccer stars like Neymar y Vinicius sitting at the foot of the track and completely devoted to the locals, they stayed alive until the last two minutes, despite measuring themselves against a real colossus.
They fell with honor against a solid, determined and superior Nuggets in all facets of the game. The Heat public was not up to the task, which left the stands practically empty with more than two minutes to play, when the team lost by ten points.
Jokic, the true killer of Game 3, got off to a rocky start and scared his team when I supported my right ankle badly in the middle of the first period. He continued to compete and his Nuggets reached a seven-point margin (18-11), but he was conditioned by pain and retired to the locker room shortly after to receive treatments.
The Heat reacted forcefully and closed the period with a great 3-pointer from Butler at the buzzer that capped a 10-2 run to take a 21-20 lead. However, Aaron Gordon, with fifteen points in the second quarter and seven of eight on shots, and Jokic, who returned with a monumental three-pointer and signed ten points in that period (16 at halftime), held the Nuggets and made the game count. tremendous physical power of Malone’s cadre.
They reached their maximum advantage at 54-45 with 1.35 to play, but a great closing of the period by the Heat allowed them to reduce it to four points (55-51), led by Butler and an Adebayo who again put the public in the spotlight. the match with a powerful one-handed dunk.
JOKIC AND GORDON, INTRACTABLE
It was an illusion for Miami. Denver hit the table in Game 3 driven by a dominant Jokic, capable of directing all of his team’s offensive actions on a not-so-brilliant night for Murray. Between his big plays, he lit up with a big ‘alley oop’ for an irrepressible Gordon, who scored another nine points and reached 25 points, nine of thirteen on shots, with a devastating triple for the Nuggets 86-73.
The duel was going downhill for the Nuggets. The Heat went on a long series of turnovers when the game was interrupted for about ten minutes by a problem in the basket of the Heat after a failed dunk attempt by Adebayo. In addition, a woman sitting in the Heat’s dugout area had to be treated for a health problem.
THE PRIDE OF THE HEAT
There is no team in the NBA with better numbers than the Heat in the fourth quarters after trailing by ten or more points and the men of Spoelstra They proved it again, defying logic at times and getting within six points (86-80).
They began with an 8-0 run with a great basket and foul by Butler, and also forced Jokic’s fifth personal foul with 9.24 on the clock. Adebayo brought the crowd to its feet with a wonderful block shot off Murray and the Heat gave themselves a chance.
The Heat took a chance, but the Nuggets, even with Jokic on the bench, continued to respond. Bruce Brown He achieved a three-point play to return to put double digits of difference in the light.
There were 2:35 minutes to go and the stands began to empty, a gesture from a large part of the public not up to the effort offered by Miami on the track.
Another triple by Bruce Brown and one of Kentavious CaldwellPope They definitively sentenced the clash.
The Nuggets party opened, with about a hundred fans present in the stands singing with pride and dreaming of the first NBA title in the franchise’s history, which is now just one win away. This Monday, in Denver, could be history day.
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