The Heat and Nuggets met in the 2023 NBA Finals, with the Nuggets winning in 6 games (4-2). The Nuggets were led by Nikola Jokic, who was named the NBA Finals MVP. Jokic averaged 31.0 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 8.0 assists per game in the series. He also shot 56.0% from the field and 40.0% from three-point range.
The Heat were led by Jimmy Butler, who averaged 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game in the series. Butler also shot 45.5% from the field and 33.3% from three-point range.
The Nuggets won Game 1 at home, but the Heat won Games 2 and 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. The Nuggets won Game 4 at home to even the series at 2-2. The Nuggets then won Game 5 on the road to take a 3-2 series lead. The Nuggets closed out the series with a win in Game 6 at home.
Here are some of the key moments from the series:
- In Game 1, Jokic had a triple-double with 35 points, 16 rebounds, and 13 assists. The Nuggets won 115-104.
- In Game 2, Butler scored 40 points and the Heat won 118-115.
- In Game 3, Butler scored 35 points and the Heat won 115-109.
- In Game 4, Jokic had 37 points and 13 rebounds and the Nuggets won 120-116.
- In Game 5, Jokic had 38 points and 11 rebounds and the Nuggets won 105-103.
- In Game 6, Jokic had 30 points and 12 rebounds and the Nuggets won 116-108.
The series was a hard-fought series between two evenly matched teams. The Nuggets were able to win the series by playing great defense and getting contributions from all of their players. Jokic was the key to the Nuggets’ victory, but he was not the only player who played well. Jamal Murray, Aaron Gordon, and Michael Porter Jr. all played key roles in the Nuggets’ success.
The Heat were also a very good team. They were led by Butler, but they also had a number of other players who played well, including Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, and Duncan Robinson. The Heat were unable to win the series, but they should be proud of the way they played.
The series was a great series and it was a fitting end to a great season. The Nuggets are now NBA champions and they will be looking to defend their title next season.