Serbian Nikola Jokic, who led his team to victory by scoring 28 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, was awarded the NBA Finals’ most valuable player.
After a championship drought of 47 seasons, the Denver Nuggets have finally won their first NBA championship in team history after defeating the Miami Heat 94-89.
The Nuggets defeated the Warriors 4-1 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Monday, thanks in large part to Serbian superstar Nikola Jokic’s 28 points and 16 rebounds.
The Nuggets originally had trouble shooting, missing 10 of their first 23 free throw attempts and 23 of their first 28 3-point attempts.
We had trouble making shots, and it was terrible. But in the end, we managed to sort it out,” Jokic added as he embraced his ecstatic teammates and coaches. “I am just happy that we won the game.”
Jokic became the first player in NBA history to lead the playoffs in total points (600), rebounds (269), and assists (190), earning him the title of NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP).
The 28-year-old, a two-time NBA MVP and a five-time All-Star center in his eighth NBA season, has one more accomplishment to add to his outstanding resume after winning the championship.
At the final horn, fireworks went off outside Ball Arena in Denver. For the first time in the team’s close to 50 years in the league, the Larry O’Brien Trophy is housed in the city in the state of Colorado.
Michael Malone, the Nuggets coach, stated that the squad was “not satisfied with one” NBA championship. We need more, he remarked.
For the Nuggets, Jamal Murray contributed 14 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists in addition to 16 points and 13 rebounds from Michael Porter Jr.
The eighth-seeded Heat, who had to win a play-in game just to make the playoffs, fell in the finals for the third time in ten seasons, while the Nuggets were the top seed in the Western Conference.
Serbia, a little Balkan nation of just over 6 million people, has had a very successful month in June.
In addition to winning his first NBA championship, Novak Djokovic earned a record-tying 23rd Grand Slam men’s singles trophy on Sunday at the French Open.