Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic creates NBA Finals history with 30-20-10 triple-double
Nikola Jokic made NBA Finals history by recording the first ever 30-20-10 triple-double as the Denver Nuggets beat the Miami Heat 119-104 in Game 3 on Sunday night. The Nuggets now trail the series 2-1.
Jokic finished the game with 30 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists, while Jamal Murray added 28 points to the victory. The duo dominated the game, making it difficult for the Heat with their depth and defense.
The Nuggets head coach, Michael Malone, said, “That was one of the most complete games we’ve played in the playoffs. Nikola was phenomenal, and Jamal was terrific as well. But that was a complete team effort tonight.”
Denver’s win was a surprise, as they lost Game 1 and Game 2 in the series. Many experts predicted that the Heat would sweep the Nuggets in the finals after they beat the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Heat will now need to make some adjustments before Game 4 on Tuesday. Miami’s star player, Jimmy Butler, struggled in Game 3, scoring just 17 points.
Despite the loss, Heat head coach, Erik Spoelstra, remained positive, saying, “It’s a long series and we have to make the necessary adjustments. We will come out stronger and more determined in Game 4.”
The Nuggets continue to prove themselves as formidable opponents in the NBA Finals. With Jokic and Murray leading the way, they will look to even the series in Game 4.