Denver Nuggets down Miami Heat to regain lead in NBA finals series | TFC News Colorado, USA
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From Shakira to DJ Khaled and hometown hero Dwayne Wade,
the stars came out to Miami's Casillas Center for Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
But in this round, it was the visiting Denver Nuggets who regained home court advantage
by beating the Miami Heat 109-94.
After a fast-paced back-and-forth first half, the Nuggets led 53-48.
By the 4th, the Nuggets' lead ballooned to as much as 21 points.
Nikola Jokic recorded another triple-double with 32 points, 21 rebounds, and 10 assists.
While Jamal Murray also had a triple-double with 34 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.
It means that our guys understood Game 2 is not who we are, it's not who we can be,
especially at this stage of the season, and they responded like they always do.
That's one thing I know about our group.
When we don't play well, we own it, and we find a way to be resilient
and get back to playing Denver Nugget basketball, and that's what we did tonight.
Denver also got a big 15-point contribution from rookie Christian Braun,
who won a national championship last year playing for Kansas.
The guys trust me all year, so when I get in the game, I just try to defend,
and do the little things that obviously make it easier on me.
Like I said, my job's not very hard. I just got to come in, play with energy,
and they find me in the right spots on offense, and the defense just gives effort.
Miami was held to 37% shooting and was out-rebounded 58-33.
Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo combined for 50 points,
but the rest of the team failed to make much of an impact.
Felt like at times, some of those missed shots at the rim or in the paint,
the makeable shots that we've made the last several months or weeks,
that affected a little bit of our whatever going down the other end.
And that hasn't happened a lot.
I do want to get to the film because I'm not totally sure about that.
It just felt like that.
We're at our best when we're winning those battles first,
so you can just check that box.
The physical battles, 50-50s, ball in the air, ball on the floor.
We win those battles, we figure everything else out along the way.
Despite the loss, Butler, as he has been all playoff series,
remained calm and confident in his post-game media address.
We feel great. We didn't play our best tonight.
I feel like we just got to come out with more energy and effort,
and that's correctable.
That's on us as a group.
No X's and O's can fix that.
So come out, dive on the floor, get loose balls, get defensive rebounds,
and maybe, just maybe, it would have been a different game.
75% of NBA Finals Game 3 winners have gone on to win the finals.
Game 4 will take place on Friday in Miami.
Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.