Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic Has Bold Response To Making NBA Finals History

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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic made NBA history in Game 3 of the 2023 Finals against the Miami Heat on June 7. The two-time MVP became the first player to have at least 30 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists in a Finals game.

When Lisa Salters of ESPN told Jokic about his accomplishment, the All-Star had a surprising response.

“To be honest, I just think it’s a win because if you lose, nobody is going to even mention — even to be honest, I don’t care,” Jokic said. “It’s just a stat.”

Jokic only cares about winning. That’s why Nuggets fans love him. Thanks to Jokic and point guard Jamal Murray — who also had a triple-double in Game 3 — Denver is two wins away from winning its first championship in franchise history.

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“I mean, we win,” Jokic said. “I think it’s pretty simple. But he’s playing phenomenal, I think, the whole playoff. We’re just following him, like I said, and he’s a really good leader. His energy is amazing, and we are just following. … I mean, I think it’s just respect of each other and relationship over the years and communication, and I think — but it’s not just us. I’m always saying yes, we had good games, but Christian Braun had amazing game, Bruce had a really good game, Jeff played really well, AG played really good.

“It’s not just us, it’s the team, and like I said even before the series started, Denver Nuggets need to beat Miami, not me and Jamal and whoever is on the other side. We as a group need to beat them.”

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The Nuggets can take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Finals by winning Game 4, which is on Friday, June 9.

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