An in-depth look at the NBA Finals between Miami and Denver 6:36
(CNN) -- The Denver Nuggets are NBA champions for the first time in franchise history after defeating the Miami Heat 94-89 in Game Five of the NBA Finals on Monday.
Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic scored 28 points on 12-of-16 field goals, plus 16 rebounds, and was named MVP of the NBA Finals. The Serbian center is the first center to win the NBA Finals MVP since Shaquille O'Neal in 2002.
"We're not winning for us, we're winning for the person next to us and that's why [it means] even more," Jokic said after being named MVP about what the championship meant to him.
After early shooting problems, the Heat turned an eight-point deficit in the first quarter into a 10-point lead in the second. Led by Miami center Bam Adebayo's 18 points in the first half, the Heat closed the first two quarters with a seven-point lead over the Nuggets (51-44).
Denver, which missed 20 of its first 22 three-point attempts, rallied in the second half and outscored the Heat 26-20 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 71-70 heading into the fourth.
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In the fourth quarter, in which the Nuggets came to lead by seven points, Jimmy Butler orchestrated an 8-0 run for the Heat, who led 87-86 and momentarily regained the lead.
The Denver bench would respond by scoring the final six points of the game, while quelling the Heat's offense.
With 15 seconds left and the Heat trailing by three points, Butler missed a game-tying three-pointer. Nuggets forward Bruce Brown grabbed the defensive rebound from Butler's miss and, after being fouled, hit two free throws to extend Denver's lead and get the final victory and 4-1 in the series.
Nuggets' Jamal Murray finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, while Michael Porter Jr. added 16 points and 13 rebounds.
"All the hard work, all the sacrifice, all the dedication, it all culminated with us winning a championship," Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone said on the ABC broadcast after the win. "But I have news for everyone out there: We're not satisfied with one. We want more. We want more."
The city of Denver will hold a Nuggets championship parade on Thursday, June 15.
In the franchise's 47th season in the NBA, the Nuggets made the playoffs as the Western Conference's No. 1 seed after finishing with a 53–29 regular-season record. Denver's dominant run to the title began with a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round.
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The Nuggets' biggest challenge came against the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference semifinals, where Jokic made headlines after a sideline incident with Suns owner Mat Ishbia in game four of that series. However, the Serbian silenced the noise with a triple-double of 32 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the sixth game, which closed the series and gave the pass to the Western Conference finals.
Prior to this season, Denver had reached the Conference Finals four times in franchise history (1978, 1985, 2009, 2020), losing to the Los Angeles Lakers each time.
However, the Nuggets overcame their postseason woes against the Lakers, sweeping the 17-time champions in four games to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.
At the center of the Nuggets' postseason dominance was none other than two-time MVP Jokic, who etched his name into the history books along the way. The 28-year-old posted a total of ten triple-doubles and surpassed Wilt Chamberlain (7) as the all-time leading scorer in a single playoff elimination. He also finished the postseason as the first player in NBA history to lead all players in points, rebounds and assists in a single postseason, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
For its part, Miami entered the postseason as the No. 8 seed, after securing a playoff berth, and the unlikely qualification for the finals, through NBA playoff games. While seeking the franchise's fourth championship, Miami entered the series looking to become the first No. 8 seed to win an NBA title since the 16-team playoff format began 39 years ago.
Political personalities and other sports franchises in the city of Denver congratulated the Denver Nuggets on social networks for their victory.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama wrote on Twitter: "Congratulations to the Denver @Nuggets and Finals MVP extraordinaire Nikola Jokić for bringing home the franchise's first NBA Championship!"
Congrats to the Denver @Nuggets and the remarkable finals MVP Nikola Jokić for bringing home the franchise's first NBA Championship!
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 13, 2023
Los Angeles Lakers star Earvin "Magic" Johnson wrote on Twitter: "Congratulations to Nuggets superstars Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, each of the Nuggets players, the entire city and the fans of Denver."
Congratulations to Nuggets superstars Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, every individual Nuggets player, the entire city and the Denver fan base!!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 13, 2023
Other Denver and Colorado sports franchises, including MLB's Colorado Rockies, NHL's Colorado Avalanche and NFL's Denver Broncos, joined in congratulating the Nuggets.
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