The Nuggets silenced Heat with a 109-94 Game 3 win to go 2-1 into the NBA Finals

The Nuggets silence Heat with a 109-94 win in Game 3 and take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals as Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray have 30-point triple-doubles

Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray engaged in dueling triple-doubles and Christian Braun was a revelation off the bench as the Nuggets regained home advantage on Wednesday to beat the Heat 109-94 away.

Jokic had 32 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists and Murray had a triple-double of his own with 34 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

But in a game that was five points at halftime, freshman Braun also proved a catalyst, scoring 15 points in just 19 minutes and using his defensive energy to boost Denver as well.

This makes him the first Western Conference rookie with a 15-point finals game since Sam Cassell in 1994 status.

Jokic also made history in the competition, as his 30-20-10 performance was the first such performance in NBA Finals history.

Nikola Jokic hit a 30-point triple-double as the Nuggets pulled off a mighty win away

Nikola Jokic hit a 30-point triple-double as the Nuggets pulled off a mighty win away

But the humble Serbian star made sure to give Braun his flowers after the game.

“I always talk about him as a champion, as a winner,” Jokic told ESPN after the game.

Miami and Denver were down to 24 players each after the first quarter, and the Heat were still within reach after two.

But the Nuggets began to unravel in the third quarter – where they beat the Heat 29-20 – and actually led by 21 points in the second half as they secured a relatively dramatic win.

The Heat’s top two players, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, combined for 48 points but failed to score the ball efficiently.

Butler needed 24 shots to score 28 points while Adebayo had 22 on 21 tries from the field.

Aside from that duo, only Caleb Martin (10 points) scored in double figures for the home side, while the side shot just 37 percent from the field.

Meanwhile, Aaron Gordon added 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Nuggets.

Game 4 takes place on Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET

Maureen Mackey

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