The Miami Heat evened the NBA Finals at 1 game apiece with a road victory in Game 2, taking place in Denver. This series may now be considered begun. On Wednesday night, both the Nuggets and the Heat will travel to South Beach for game 3.
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The Nuggets were rolling in game 2 and appeared to be a lock to win 2-0 on Sunday night. The Heat fought hard, but it appeared that Denver was in command and would stroll to an easy victory.
The entire series then switched. The Nuggets led 57-51 at halftime and led 83-75 entering the fourth quarter. But the Heat exploded in the fourth quarter, outscoring Denver 15-2 to start the frame on their route to a stunning 111-108 victory.
Nikola Jokic had 41 points (16-28 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 11 rebounds, and 4 assists in 42 minutes.
Jokic put up his best scoring total since his 53-point effort in Game 4 against the Suns. Jokic’s measly assist total was a clear sign that he tried to carry the team on his back instead of depending on his supporting cast.
Denver has a 12-5 record in the playoffs and is 4-2 when Jokic does not have a double-digit assist total.
Meanwhile, Jamal Murray had 18 points and 10 assists but shot under 50% and was a non-factor.
Denver shot 52% and outrebounded Miami, but Miami made 17 three-pointers to Denver’s 11, and that was the difference – especially late in the game.
What can be said about the Miami Heat? They just appear like a mission squad if there ever was one. They demonstrated it once more on Sunday, when they defeated the Nuggets 111-108 in Denver to even the series at 1-1.
The Heat had little chance of winning after being outshot, outrebounded, and outplayed for three quarters. But then their guts kicked in, and they stormed back in the fourth quarter to win by a touchdown. The three ball was the crucial difference, as they drained 17 threes and shot 49% from deep.
Duncan Robinson started the fourth quarter with two massive threes to bring the Heat back in it, and Gabe Vincent, Jimmy Butler, and Caleb Martin followed with fourth quarter threes as Miami transformed an 83-75 deficit into a 107-95 lead with approximately three and a half minutes left.
Gabe Vincent led the way with 23 points, while Butler and Bam Adebayo each added 21. Max Strus got 14 points, and Robinson had ten.
Tyler Herro was expected to be ready to play in game 3 after hurting his hand in the first round against the Bucks. However, now that the Heat have won and are not in desperate mode, there is speculation that he may sit out game 3 and receive additional rest because he is still injured.
He was listed as out on the injury report at the time of publication. However, as game time approaches, keep an eye on his condition.
Cody Zeller is expected to play in Game 3 against Denver on Wednesday, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Before being elevated to availability, Zeller was also deemed probable for Game 2. In the first two games of the series, the veteran big man has averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.5 minutes.