Denver Nuggets defeat Miami Heat in Game 5 to earn their first NBA championship. Celebrate their historic triumph! Learn More
Denver Nuggets defeat Miami Heat in Game 5 to earn their first NBA championship
Denver Nuggets defeat Miami Heat in Game 5 to earn their first NBA championship. Celebrate their historic triumph!
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The 47-year wait is over.
The Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat in five games to win the NBA championship for the first time in team history, prevailing 94-89 on Monday night. Since joining the NBA in 1976, this is the team's lone championship.
How we got here: Denver won three of their four games in the Finals by double digits, so it wasn't even close in the end.
- Game 2 was their first postseason home loss, but they bounced back by winning two games in Miami.
- In Game 3, Jamal Murray and Nikola Joki established themselves as maybe the best NBA tandem by each scoring a triple-double of 30 points.
- something that had never been accomplished in the history of the NBA.
- After winning 53 games during the regular season, the Nuggets were the top seed in the West for the first time.
- They were 10-1 at home and had a 16-3 overall record going into the postseason.
The mystery: Don't overlook the participants. Game 4's top scorer, Aaron Gordon, scored 27 points. Bruce Brown scored 21 points off the bench in the fourth quarter when Joki was struggling with foul trouble.
- Michael Porter Jr. contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds in Game 5.
- The win gives the Mile High City its second major sporting triumph in as many years.
- Denver has won seven championships among the four main leagues. The Avalanche have won three Stanley Cups, their third coming last year, and the Broncos have won three Super Bowls, the most recent of which was in 2015–16.
- Additionally, Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Nuggets, wins his third title in just 16 months.
The other side: The Heat almost missed the playoffs, defying expectations by going on an unprecedented postseason run, but in the end, there were no more miracles in store for them.
- It's what it would have taken to locate a solution for Joki, according to our Axios Miami colleagues.
Next: It's time to celebrate. After the victory, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment is anticipated to provide information on the parade, according to a representative for Mayor Michael Hancock's office.
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