The 2022-23 NBA Finals kicked off Thursday night with Denver's first win at home, 93-104 over Miami, lifting the Nuggets to 0-1 in the series.
This is the Western Conference leader's first appearance in the finals, but she looks more prepared than ever for her first ring. Miami, on the other hand, fell behind in the playoffs for the first time this season, but after passing Milwaukee and Boston on the way to status, no one can be sure how this series will unfold.
What else can you say about Nikola Jokic? Denver's big star once again provided a show and his characteristic scissors that he finished with a triple-double of 27 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. Jamal Murray joined him with a big game of his own of 26, 10 assists and 6 rebounds.
Nikola Jokic. Another triple-double, photo: USA TODAY Sports
Jimmy Butler finished the game with just 13, adding 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Bam Adebayo recorded career highs in shots from the field (13-of-25) en route to 26 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists.
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Game 2 will take place again in Denver between Sunday and Monday, and Miami, dreaming of making history as the first No. 8 seed to win the championship, will try to shift gears to avoid falling behind 2-0. Against the mighty bunch in Jokic's win, it won't be easy, at all.
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