The Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat have entered Game 4 of the NBA Finals with Denver having a 2-1 series lead. Wednesday in Miami, the Nuggets quickly responded to losing Game 2, when Miami took away home-court advantage and momentum, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray each posted 30-plus point triple-doubles that propelled their team into victory! How will the Heat respond? Do they have any answers left.
Game 3 ended in defeat for them, and now Game 4 will be their most critical contest of these playoffs, so let’s see how they handle all of its pressure. They did not possess enough physical power to match those of their visitors, who were physically stronger in every position.
Bam Adebayo had an outstanding game, scoring 22 points and 17 boards while shooting 7-for-21 overall. Jimmy Butler finished with 28 points but failed to contribute much more besides having just two boards and hitting one three-three-point shot during 35 attempts for the Heat. Downtown shooting has been an issue as they made 11 threes during 35 attempts.
Gabe Vincent and Max Strus were 2-for-10 from beyond the arc, providing Spoelstra with very little scoring.
On this occasion, both Jokic and Murray recorded triple-doubles with 30+ points – something never before accomplished in history. When these two went full steam ahead, their opponents had nothing left but hopelessness against them.
The Nuggets maintained a consistent pace from start to finish, sending Miami into disarray once Denver pulled away after halftime and began dominating on both sides of the glass. Denver held an advantage on the boards by virtue of their 58 boards compared to 47 for Miami, who struggled around the rim.
Jokic finished with 32 points, 21 rebounds, and 10 assists while Murray netted 34 buckets with 10 rebounds and assists – playing the game like very few ever have in the NBA Finals. Christian Braun made all his two-point shots during 19 minutes off the bench scoring 15 points, while Aaron Gordon recorded 11 points with 10 boards.
Take the Nuggets, they are dominant up front and the Heat are limited in how to defend them. For a Heat win, Jimmy Butler must go off and the defense has to be airtight. The Heat are always dangerous, but the Nuggets are the better team.
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