Cinderella has come for the Miami Heat.
The Denver Nuggets take home their first NBA title in a tough closeout 94-89 win over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Nuggets fans waited for 47 seasons to witness confetti falling and the Larry O’Brien Trophy handed to this Nuggets team.
Nikola Jokic was named NBA Finals MVP after 28 points and 16 rebounds. He averaged 30 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists in the NBA Finals.
“There is a process; there are steps you need to take; there are no shortcuts; it’s a journey,” Jokic said. “I’m glad we are part of this journey.”
Jokic became the first player to lead the NBA in total points, rebounds, and assists in a single postseason.
The Heat, led by as many as 10 points, won the turnover battle but were outscored 60-44 in the paint.
“The last three or four minutes felt like a scene out of a movie,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Not shot making but effort.”
Heat shot 34 percent from the field, 25 percent from three.
Jimmy Butler finished with 21 points, Bam Adebayo 20 points, and 12 rebounds.
The 47 seasons are the most played by an NBA franchise before winning its first NBA Championship.