Nuggets Beat Heat - The Denver Nuggets showed no signs of rust as they cruised to a 104-93 win over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the 2023 NBA Finals on Thursday night. This was the first NBA Finals game in franchise history, and they put on a real show for their fans with an efficient offensive display.
Early on, the Nuggets exploited their size advantage and bullied the Heat in the paint for easy bucket after easy bucket. That approach helped them get out to an early lead, which they never surrendered. They led by as much as 24 in the third quarter, and though the Heat made a late charge to make the final score respectable, the Nuggets led by double digits for the vast majority of the game. Nikola Jokic recorded a triple-double in his first Finals game with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists on 8 of 12 from the field, Jamal Murray poured in 26 points of his own to go along with six rebounds and 10 assists and Aaron Gordon chipped in 16 points. As a team, the Nuggets shot 51.3% from the field despite struggling from 3-point land. Click below to read more: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nuggets-vs-heat-score-denver-takeaways-denvers-size-regression-of-miamis-shooting-factors-in-nba-finals-opener/live/