NBAMiami – Denver playoff final match, June 7, 2023. On the left, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets shoots at the basket, on the right Max Strus of the Miami Heat tries to defend him.
Miami (USA) – Denver basketball players won the third NBA final game at Miami 109:94 and lead the series 2:1. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray were the first teammates in NBA history to score a triple double with more than 30 points in the same game. Jokic had 32 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists, Murray had 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
He does not remember a similar performance by two NBA teammates. It didn't happen in the regular season, in the playoffs, and certainly not in the finals. “It was definitely their best performance together in the seven years they've been playing together. They were incredible,” Denver coach Michael Malone said.
Meanwhile, in the previous home match, after the defeat of his players, Malone criticized that they did not show a performance worthy of the final. But now it was something else. Denver was in control of the game, outrebounding the opponent 58:33, with Jokic and Murray having only two fewer rebounds than the entire opposing team. were guarding. “The main thing is that we managed and won the important game. After that home defeat, it was very important for us to succeed because we didn't want to lose in the series,” Jokic said.
Miami was not helped by Jimmy Butler's 28 points and 22 points and 17 rebounds by Bama Adebayo. “It didn't work out today. Next time we have to start with more energy and commitment. And that can be improved. It's up to us. I believe that the fourth game will look different,” said Butler.
At the end of the game, he also got Udonis Haslem on the board for Miami, who celebrated his 43rd birthday on Friday, becoming the oldest player ever to appear in the NBA Finals, breaking the record held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played in 1989 at the age of 42 years and 58 days.
NBA Playoff Finals Result
Miami – Denver 94:109 (24:24, 48:53, 68:82)
Most Points: Butler 28 , Adebayo 22, Martin 10 – Murray 34, Jokič 32, Braun 15. Series status: 1:2.