Denver Nuggets Defeat Miami Heat 104-93 in 2023 NBA Finals Game 1

· Teams that win Game 1 of the NBA Finals, have gone on to win the series 69.7% of the time (53-23)


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Denver Nuggets Defeat Miami Heat 104-93 in 2023 NBA Finals Game 1


 

Nikola Jokic got 27 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists, and the Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat 104-93 in Game 1 of the 2023 NBA Finals, APO Group, reports.

Jamal Murray added 26 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, and Aaron Gordon finished with 16 points and six rebounds for the Nuggets who will now look to build on the momentum in Game 2.

The Heat were led by two players of Nigerian descent - Bam Adebayo (26 points, 13 rebounds) and Gabe Vincent (19 points, five assists), but struggled from the floor throughout the night (40.6 percent). Eastern Conference Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) Jimmy Butler finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Miami. The Heat attempted two free throws (2-of-2), the fewest in a playoff game in NBA history.

Game 2 is Sunday night (Monday, 2:00 a.m. CAT) on ESPN, Canal+ and NBA League Pass.

 

Game Notes:

The Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat 104-93 on Thursday in Game 1 of the 2023 NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV. Below are notes about Game 1.

• Teams that win Game 1 of the NBA Finals have gone on to win the series 69.7% of the time (53-23).

• Teams that win Game 1 of the NBA Finals at home have gone on to win the series 77.6% of the time (45-13).

• Denver improved to 9-0 at home in the 2023 NBA Playoffs, one victory shy of matching the record for consecutive home wins in a single postseason. The record of 10 is shared by Portland (1977), Boston (1986), the Los Angeles Lakers (1987), Detroit (1990), Chicago (1996), Utah (1997) and Boston (2018).

• Denver improved to 4-0 in Game 1s this postseason and handed Miami its first loss in a Game 1 (3-1).

• Denver’s Nikola Jokic finished with 27 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. He is the second player to record a triple-double in his first NBA Finals game, joining Jason Kidd. In Game 1 of the 2002 Finals, Kidd had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the New Jersey Nets against the Lakers.

• Jokic had his ninth triple-double of the 2023 playoffs, extending his NBA record for the most triple-doubles in a single postseason.

• Jokic’s 14 assists are the most by a player in his first NBA Finals game. The previous high was 13 by Boston’s Jayson Tatum in the 2022 Finals.

• Denver’s Jamal Murray had 26 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Murray has scored at least 25 points in each of his last six games (which also includes all four games in the Western Conference Finals and Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals).

• Jokic and Murray have joined Michael Jordan (1991) and Russell Westbrook (2012) as the only players to post at least 25 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in an NBA Finals debut.

• Jokic and Murray are the second pair of teammates to each have at least 25 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in an NBA Finals game, joining the Lakers’ Magic Johnson and James Worthy (Game 1 in 1987). Jokic/Murray and Johnson/Worthy are also the only pair of teammates to each have 25 points and 10 assists in an NBA Finals game.

• Miami’s Bam Adebayo recorded 26 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. He shot 13-of-25 from the field. The 25 field goal attempts are a career high in any game (regular season or playoffs).

• Miami attempted two free throws (2-of-2), the fewest in a playoff game in NBA history.

• Game 1 took 2 hours and 4 minutes, the quickest NBA Finals game since Game 1 in 1976 and the fifth quickest over the last 50 Finals.

• Game 1 marked the first NBA Finals game for Denver in its 47-season NBA history.

NBA FINALS - MEDIA RESOURCES

Please see the postgame media availability transcripts attached and additional resources below.

  • Photo: DENVER, CO - JUNE 1: Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat plays defense during Game 1 of the 2023 NBA Finals against Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets on June 1, 2023 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado (Please credit NBAE/Getty Images)
  • Video: Postgame media availability (https://apo-opa.info/43jriWq)
  • 2023 NBA Finals: Schedule (https://apo-opa.info/3WNt2F3)
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  • For additional media resources, including the latest announcement, transcripts, NBA Finals media guide and more, sign up for NBA Media Central (https://apo-opa.info/45IVADB)

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