Nikola Jokic scored 41 points in another display of his tremendous quality as a basketball player, but the Denver Nuggets fell to the Miami Heat 111-108 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.,
The Serb had an unforgettable night in attack, although he could not make the offensive play of Michael Malone’s team flow, as he barely distributed 4 assists. Jokic is only the third player to lose an NBA Finals game despite recording at least 40 points and 10 rebounds., Lebron James He acted in that position three times (2015, 2017 and 2020) and Shaquille O’neal One (2001).
The Nuggets have gone three games without a win after this season, with Jokic scoring 40 or more points every time., Instead, they were 13–1 when he scored less. Jokic is the second player with three losses when he posted a double-double with 40 points. Of earlier? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1977,
It was the eighth game in these playoffs in which Jokic scored 30 or more points, something that no one in Nuggets history had accomplished. Jamal Murray had seven in 2023, while Carmelo Anthony in 2009 and Alex English in 1985 also recorded seven.
In the third quarter of Game 2 against the Heat, Jokic was a scoring machine with 18 points, the most by a center in the final quarter since Shaquille O’Neal in 2001 and the only player to reach that number in the past 50 seasons. There were two.
Jokic, who recorded a triple-double in the first game (27 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds), scored in the second game to become only the third player in NBA history to reach 500 points, 200 rebounds and 150 assists. . Along with LeBron James (2015, 2016, 2018 and 2020) and Larry Bird (1987).
Denver needs Jokic to continue at a very high level, but again to be able to distribute assists to his teammates, Miami held him back from Sunday night at the Ball Arena.