The Denver Nuggets were able to score a definitive and important win over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
They are now just two victories away from their first championship victory.
While the Nuggets have multiple strong players, there is no doubt that the pairing of Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic is the most important.
In Game 3, they scored 66 points, 31 rebounds, and 20 assists.
According to StatMuse, via Bleacher Report, that is better than all the starters of the Heat, who collectively produced 66 points, 25 rebounds, and 12 assists.
Jokić/Murray vs. the entire Heat starting 5 😳
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 8, 2023
Murray and Jokic have played very well together throughout the entire season.
This has been key to them reaching the Finals for the first time.
Although Jokic has been a stellar player for the last few years, his team has always fallen short.
Murray sat out of last season completely with an injury, forcing Jokic to try to carry the Nuggets by himself.
It was clear that Denver needed Murray back to really compete at a high level.
Now that Murray and Jokic are playing together again, they are better than ever.
Of course, there are other impressive stars on the roster – such as Aaron Gordon, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Bruce Brown, and others.
But Murray and Jokic are setting the pace and getting the most done.
And the Heat are having a hard time limiting this pair, as made evident by their Game 3 output.
Murray and Jokic have a lot of momentum heading into Game 4.
If they are able to score numbers like this again, the Heat will be in a world of trouble.NEXT: Draymond Green Says 1 Nuggets Player's Growth Has Been Key To Dominance