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(CNN) -- The Miami Heat withstood Nikola Jokic's 41 points and rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Denver Nuggets 111-108 on Sunday in the second game of the NBA Finals and tie the series 1-1.

Miami got off to a sweeping start in the second game, taking a 21-10 lead midway through the first quarter, before the Nuggets responded with a 45-14 run in the second quarter, turning the score around with 26 points and taking control.

Two-time MVP Nikola Jokic, who only attempted three shots in the first half of the opener, was more active offensively Sunday, hitting a team-best 6 of 13 field goals and adding a team-best 13 points at halftime.

Heat postseason stars Max Strus and Caleb Martin shook off a miserable outing in the opener, in which the duo shot a dismal 1-of-17 from the field to combine for 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting as Miami closed the half on a 14-5 run while trailing by six points.

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Miami kept the game close for most of the third quarter, tying the Nuggets several times, but in the end they were outplayed by Jokic, who scored 18 of the Nuggets' 26 points for an eight-point lead heading into the fourth.

However, the Heat didn't back down and started the fourth quarter on a 13-2 run, including 10 points from Duncan Robinson, to take an 88-85 lead with less than 10 minutes left in the game.


Miami would continue its run with a double-digit lead, 107-95, until the Nuggets strung together an 11-2 run, including a three-pointer by Denver's Jamal Murray to cut the deficit to three points with just over a minute to go.

After a basket by Jokic left the score at 111-108, Murray missed a game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds of the game and snapped the Nuggets' nine-game unbeaten streak at Ball Arena this postseason.

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Before Sunday, Denver was 11-0 in the postseason when it won by double digits, and 37-1 this season when it led by at least eight points entering the fourth quarter.

Miami outscored the Nuggets 36-25 in the fourth quarter, and Jimmy Butler finished with 21 points and nine assists in the win, while center Bam Adebayo added 21 points and nine rebounds. Vincent finished with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

Jimmy Butler spoke of the Heat's mentality in the postgame press conference, noting that the team is simply trying to win.

"I don't think anyone cares about our team. We don't care what anyone else thinks," Butler said after the game. "We're so focused on what we do well and who we are as a group that, at the end of the day, we lean into that. Whether we fail or not, we're going to be who we are because we don't care about anyone else. That's how it's been all year, and that's not going to change.

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"So that's what I think it is. I think it's the 'I don't give a damn' factor.

For his part, Jokic finished the game with 41 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists, also becoming the first center in NBA history to record more than 500 points and more than 100 assists in the same postseason. Murray added 18 points and 10 assists in the loss.

Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone talked about what went wrong for the team in the second game.

"Let's talk about effort. We're in the NBA Finals, we're talking about effort. They probably think I was making something up after the first game when I said we hadn't played well. We didn't play well," Malone said.

"We had players out there who were feeling sorry for themselves for not making shots or thinking they could turn it on or off, this is not preseason, this is not regular season. We're in the NBA Finals. To me it's really disconcerting, disappointing."

The third game will be played this Wednesday at the Kaseya Center in Miami.

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