Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was none too pleased with his team’s effort during Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Denver Nuggets.
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra reacts during an NBA Finals bout with the Denver Nuggets.
Returning home for Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday, the Miami Heat had a golden opportunity to take a commanding 2-1 lead in their championship showdown with the Denver Nuggets. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray had other plans, however.
Apparently, they had designs on making history en route to a course-correcting victory.
Jokic finished with 32 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists and Murray notched 34 points, 10 boards and 10 dimes. As a result, the two-time league MVP and his flame-throwing running mate became the first teammates to log 30-point triple-doubles in any NBA game — regular season, playoffs, summer league, whatever.
In doing so, they led the Nuggets to a 109-94 win at Kaseya Center.
During his postgame presser, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra gave the two their roses. For his part, though, he was much more concerned about the things his team didn’t do during the game than anything that was happening on the other side.
As good as Jokic and Murray are as individuals, Spoelstra believes that the two are made even better by their synergy together on the court.