The Denver Nuggets are on a roll in the NBA Finals. They won the first game of the series against the Miami Heat for the championship title.
They ended the first game of the NBA Finals with 104-93. Nikola Jokic shined throughout the game. The Nuggets' star became the second player to post a triple-double in the Finals, joining Jason Kidd. Jokic scored 27 points and made 14 assists and 10 rebounds.
Nikola Jokic becomes the 2nd player to record a triple-double in their Finals debut, joining Jason Kidd.
Kidd: 23 PTS, 10 REB, 10 AST on 6/5/2002
Jokic: 27 PTS, 14 AST, 10 REB in Game 1 pic.twitter.com/ZqqsfmKtoQ
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He was joined by Jamal Murray, 26 points and 10 assists, and Michael Porter Jr. with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Nuggets were scheduled to play the first two games at home. They are currently undefeated at home in the championships. They have won all nine games played at Denver's Ball Arena.
Nikola Jokic records a triple-double in his 1st ever Finals game as Denver takes Game 1!
Game 2: Sunday, 8pm/et on ABC pic.twitter.com/ilmwGaflED
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The Miami Heat were unable to put together a proper offense. The team's star player, Jimmy Butler, didn't play as strong as he could have, unlike the Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. He scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and 7 assists, well below his 28.5 points per game average. Adebayo had his best game of the playoffs and scored 26 points.
The Miami Heat's three-point shooting ratio was abysmal during the game, 13-39. Max Strus did not score a single one, despite his ten shots. Caleb Martin did not shine in this regard either, making just one of his seven three-point shots, similar to Duncan Robinson, who only made one.