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Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray has proven to be the perfect co-star alongside Nikola Jokic as they both dismantled the Miami Heat from the get-go in their 104-93 win in Game 1. The Canadian combo guard finished with 26 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, and one steal on 11-for-22 shooting from the floor and 2-for-7 from deep. Throughout his 16 games this postseason, Murray has scored 20 or more in 12 of those while shooting a red-hot 48.1% overall and 39.2% from beyond the arc.
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic registered his seventh triple-double over the last nine playoff games as Game 1 went to the home team. The superstar big man ended the game with 27 points, 14 assists, 10 rebounds, one steal, and one block while shooting 8-for-12 from the floor and 10-for-12 from the line. He continues to play at an other-worldly level throughout this postseason and just based off of the first game, it seems as though Miami doesn't have many answers for him.
Denver Nuggets guard/forward Bruce Brown is undecided on his future as he prepares for the start of the NBA Finals. The versatile wing has a $6.8 million player option for next season, but he's clearly worth a lot more following a great year in Denver. Brown averaged a career-high 11.5 points during the regular season and made his presence felt all over the court with 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals. He's also played a big part in Denver's postseason success. Following the great campaign, Brown should get a lot of interest in free agency, but he could settle for a smaller salary to remain part of a championship-caliber team that sees him as a very valuable piece.
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. could get very few shots to drop in Monday's Game 4 against the Lakers, but he still found a way to record another double-double. The Nuggets completed a sweep Monday and Porter Jr. had three double-doubles in the series. He shot 5-for-16 from the field and was able to get 15 points and 10 rebounds on Monday, adding one assist and one block to his tally. Porter Jr. also didn't have a great time shooting the basketball in Game 3, so he'll have to tweak his form a bit before the NBA Finals start on June 1.
Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon ended a scoring slump with a 22-point effort and made a key defensive play to help the team finish off the Lakers with a 113-111 victory Monday. Gordon was credited with a block on LeBron James' effort to take the game into overtime in the dying seconds, finishing with two swats in total. He shot 9-for-14 from the field en route to 22 points after totaling only 29 points in the first three games of the series. Gordon, who was 3-for-5 with the three-ball, also picked up six rebounds and five assists. Denver could make it another quick series in the Finals if Gordon keeps up the same level of play he had Monday night.