Denver Nuggets are NBA champions

Jokić named Finals MVP

CDN Digital June 13,2023 - 11:01 AM

Denver Nuggets

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets drives to the basket against Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat during the second quarter in Game Five of the 2023 NBA Finals at Ball Arena on June 12, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. | Photo by MATTHEW STOCKMAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

The Denver Nuggets are finally NBA champions.

The Nuggets ended a title drought by defeating the Miami Heat, 94-89, in Game 5 of the finals on Monday night, June 12, (Tuesday morning, June 13, Philippine time).

With a raucous capacity crowd packed into Ball Arena ready to celebrate, the Nuggets ended a 47-year championship wait, taking the best-of-seven series 4-1.

Western Conference MVP Nikola Jokić led the championship win for the Nuggets with 28 points and 16 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. added 16 while Jamal Murray chipped in 14.


Bruce Brown Jr. played huge down the stretch, sinking crucial baskets and freethrows to fend off the pesky Heat. He finished with 10.

Jokić was later named Finals MVP. He ranked first in points, rebounds and assists in the playoffs.

He averaged 30.2 points in the Finals.

Miami led at the half, 51-44.

The Heat momentarily lost the lead in the third but settled for a 71-70 lead going into the final canto.

Denver got the lead early in the fourth but Miami refused to go away.

The Nuggets had to grind it out in the final minutes to bag the win and the NBA title.

/with reports from Reuters

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