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Jokic, Murray get triple-doubles in win

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MIAMI (AP) Never had two players from the same team had 30-point triple-doubles in the same game. Never in the regular season. Never in the playoffs. Certainly never in the NBA Finals.

Until now.

Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray made history Wednesday night - and have the Denver Nuggets two wins away from making some real history as well.


Nuggets prove too big, strong in Game 3

MIAMI (AP) After building their largest lead of the night to that point midway through the third quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Denver Nuggets put on a rebounding clinic.

Aaron Gordon grabbed one on the defensive end after Miami's Max Strus missed, then Michael Porter Jr. came down with the ball off Jamal Murray's failed 3-point attempt. Porter got his own own rebound off a block - and when he missed, Gordon put it back up and in, and the score wasn't close the rest of the way.


Poor shooting dooms Heat in loss

MIAMI (AP) Those open looks Miami kept knocking down three nights earlier in Denver just wouldn’t go down back home.

Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo were a combined 10 of 30 in the paint, and too many other shooters were cold in a 109-94 loss Wednesday night that gave the Nuggets a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.


Heat's Herro not yet cleared to play

MIAMI (AP) Since breaking his hand in the first round of the NBA playoffs, Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro has been relegated to offering his teammates support in conspicuously gaudy outfits - topics of much conversation - from the sidelines.

The Heat would much rather have their 20-point scorer on the court. But, his return is still pending, and though Miami is holding out hope that Herro could play basketball again this season, he is running out of time and games.


Coaches may soon get 2nd challenge

MIAMI (AP) NBA coaches may soon get to challenge two calls in a game instead of just one, the league revealed Wednesday.

The current rule gives coaches one challenge per game, whether they’re right or not. The league’s competition committee is weighing whether coaches should be rewarded with a second challenge opportunity to use later in the game if the first one is deemed successful.


Bucks make hiring of Griffin official

MILWAUKEE (AP) Adrian Griffin understands the responsibility that comes with taking over a title contender as a first-time head coach.

“Let’s be real,” Griffin said Tuesday during his introductory news conference as the Milwaukee Bucks’ coach. What first-time head coach gets to coach the Milwaukee Bucks, with all the special talent on this team? I’m extremely humbled.”


NBA doesn't mind where Wembanyama debuts

DENVER (AP) Victor Wembanyama’s next couple of weeks are now set: He’ll be playing in the French league finals starting this weekend, and then the San Antonio Spurs will almost certainly make him the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on June 22.

And if that means the French star’s summer league debut comes in Sacramento instead of Las Vegas in early July, the league is fine with that.


Robinson sparks Heat's Game 2 comeback

DENVER (AP) Duncan Robinson flexed and then flashed his mean face after a cutting layup.

No disrespect meant. The Miami Heat forward was just having a little fun in the fourth quarter.


Nuggets' streak ends with poor 2nd half

DENVER (AP) Erik Spoelstra bristled at the suggestion the Miami Heat somehow solved Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets by allowing the superstar to score at will while taking away his passing lanes and his penchant to elevate his teammates.

“Yeah, that’s ridiculous,” Spoelstra interjected after Miami's 111-108 win Sunday night sent the series back to Florida tied 1-1 with the home-court advantage suddenly in possession of the eighth-seeded Heat.


Jokic, Djokovic put Serbia in spotlight

DENVER (AP) They use the court as their canvas, seeing passing lanes and paths to victory that others in their sports simply cannot.

For Novak Djokovic, it's tennis. For Nikola Jokic, it's basketball. For their home country of Serbia, June is shaping up as a month no sports fan there will ever forget.

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