Miami Heat evens the series

Miami Heat evens the series

The Miami Heat stunned the Denver Nuggets with their late run in the fourth quarter with the leadership of Duncan Robinson. This win enables the Heat to even their series, avoiding to give them a disadvantage. It was a 111-108 Game 2 win for the Heat, despite having a crowd disadvantage in the contest. The Nuggets are actually in control of Game 2, but Robinson did not give up, giving his squad a win. The Heat were led by Gabe Vincent, chipping in 23 points. The Nuggets on the other hand is led by Nikola Jokic, who had 41 points, which is not surprising. However, that is not enough to stop Heat’s run in the fourth quarter, causing them to lose Game 2.

Miami Heat avoids more disadvantage

NB Finals: Miami Heat

Their strong fourth quarter helped the Heat to claim a win in Game 2, avoiding a 2-0 disadvantage before heading back home. The Heat actually entered the fourth quarter being at the disadvantage, 83-75, but Duncan Robinson had other plans. Although he entered the fourth quarter scoreless, he did a personal 8-2 run, cutting the Nuggets’ lead. Later on, a 12-0 run for Miami brings the lead back to the Heat, 90-85. Since then, they already took over the game, regaining their lead after the first quarter. Additionally, one of their keys to win that match were their three-pointers. In fact, there are six players from the Heat who had multiple three-pointers in that match, working for their advantage.

Gabe Vincent score 23 points in this match, while Jimmy Butler, and Bam Adebayo both had 21 points. Max Strus, and Duncan Robinson on the other hand had 14, and 10 apiece. Erik Spoelstra said that it was his guys’ passion for the game that brings them the victory. “Our guys love to compete. They love to put themselves out there in those moments of truth,” he said.

Denver Nuggets blew 4th quarter lead

NBA Finals: Denver Nuggets
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The Nuggets were in control of their Game 2, but they were not able to stop the late rally by the Heat which gives them a defeat at home. It is not surprising that it was Nikola Jokic who led the Nuggets on that match. He actually had 41 points, including his 18-points blast during the third quarter, giving the Nuggets the lead entering the fourth. It is just unfortunate that they were not able to protect the lead, giving the Heat an advantage. The Heat were actually off to a hot start, but the Nuggets responded strongly, claiming the lead. The effort of their bench is one of the reasons why they were able to climb back strongly.

Although Nikola Jokic scored 41 points, grabbing 11 boards, the Heat limited his playmaking capability, holding him with four assists. However, including Jokic, there are only three Nuggets starter in double digits, with Murray, and Gordon. Jamal Murray had 18 points, and 10 assists, while Aaron Gordon had 12 points and seven rebounds. Their main struggle is their defense, which needs to be addressed to win the Game 3.

The Game 3 between the Nuggets and the Heat will be on June 8, 2023, at 8:30 AM (GMT+8), with the Heat returning at home.

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