The Denver Nuggets had reason to celebrate Monday night in Los Angeles.
For the first time in franchise history, the Nuggets will play for an NBA Championship, completing a four game sweep Los Angeles Lakers to advance to the NBA Finals.
it is the first one Appearance in the NBA Finals for the franchise in 47 NBA seasons.
They were led by two-time MVP Nikola Jokicwho broke Wilt Chamberlain’s 1967 NBA record for triple-doubles in a postseason by posting a stat of 30 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists.
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And his two burly brothers were there to celebrate his achievement.
Jokic’s brothers lifted the Nuggets head coach mike malone took off when Denver celebrated their 113-111 victory in Game 4.
Jokic has been otherworldly during the 2023 NBA Playoffs, averaging 29.9 points, 13.3 rebounds and 10.3 assists in 15 games.
He hit the game-winning basket with 51.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and played the final 33 minutes of Game 4.
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«I think that’s why the playoffs are so nice and interesting, because you don’t care how tired you are,» Jokic said. «You don’t care about the minutes, the fouls, the shots, the percentage. You just want to win a game. Some plays today we weren’t playing good on defense at times, (but) you can win it any way you can.»
Lakers star LeBron James he had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon blocked his shot to the rim, sending Denver onto the court to celebrate.
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«For that game to go to the end and for the ball to be in the hands of LeBron James, those seconds took forever,» Malone said. «When the doorbell rang, it was almost surreal for a second. He couldn’t be more proud of this group.»
The Nuggets will wait for the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, a series that Miami leads 3-0.
Associated Press contributed to this report.