The Miami Heat trailed by eight points heading into the fourth quarter before outscoring the Denver Nuggets 36-25 to take a huge Game 2 victory, 111-108.
Nikola Jokic scored the ball with incredible efficiency, going off for 41 points on 16-of-28 shooting, but in contrast to Game 1, he finished with just four assists.
Gabe Vincent was the high-point man for the Heat. The undrafted star went off for 23 points on a blistering 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) from the field, while Bam Adebayo added 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Jimmy Butler aslo finished with 21 points.
Jamal Murray was quiet all game before going off for a flourish of outside shots to bring the Nuggets within three points in the final minutes. Murray finished the game with 18 points, but his late-game heroics came up short, missing a potential game-tying triple as the Heat held on.
The series now heads to Kaseya Center in Miami where the Nuggets will look to wrestle back homecourt advantage.
The Sporting News was tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Game 2 of Nuggets vs. Heat. Follow along with all of the action right here.
Nuggets vs. Heat score
Nuggets vs. Heat live score, updates, highlights from Game 2
10:39 p.m. END OF GAME — Heat 111 def. Nuggets 108
Despite an incredible final push; the Nuggets come up short and the Heat level the series at 1-1.
10:35 p.m. — Jamal Murray is trying to single-handedly win this one for the Nuggets! He knocks two threes in the last 2:35 to bring this one within three points!
10:33 p.m. — Butler grabs his own offensive rebound and fires it out to Caleb Martin for three!
10:24 p.m. — BIG DUNK BY ADEBAYO! The Heat have missed only one shot this quarter! What a performance thus far. They now have an improbable 11-point lead at 104-93.
BAM ADEBAYO 🔥— NBA (@NBA) June 5, 2023
MONSTER DUNK 😤
Miami has taken an 11-point lead, under 5 minutes to play on ABC! pic.twitter.com/iyGFUdLuCv
10:18 p.m. — The Heat are dropping back into a zone defense and it's disrupting the Nuggets' passing game. Denver can't get the ball to Jokic and they never look as good as when he has the ball.
10:10 p.m. — 10 straight points by the Heat! Vincent hits a three and then 'Mr. Fourth Quarter' Duncan Robinson drives the lane for two. A lethargic start to the last quarter has cost the Nuggets the lead, they now trail 88-85.
10:04 p.m. — Duncan Robinson! 2-for-2 from three in this quarter alone! All his points have come in Q4 and he has the Heat within two: 85-83.
10:01 p.m. — Duncan Robinson knocks a three to start the scoring in the last quarter. His first points.
9:59 p.m. END OF THE THIRD QUARTER — Heat 75 | Nuggets 83
Jokic: 18 points in the third on 6-of-9 shooting. That's it. That was the story of this quarter. He's clearly the best player on the floor and he has put the Nuggets in a great position to take this one out.
9:56 p.m. — Nikola Jokic is on a scoring tear! 18 points this quarter! He's done it from inside, outside and at the line.
9:53 p.m. — This is such a high-level contest. Kyle Lowry comes off a pick hard and fast and fires a three over Jokic. It's good! Heat trail by two 77-75.
9:49 p.m. — Adebayo flips in two in the paint and Miami pull within three: 73-70.
9:43 p.m. — Jokic finds Michael Porter Jr. along the baseline for the flip shot. Nuggets lead 71-66.
9:36 p.m. — The officials have called an unsportsmanlike foul on Jokic for that play.
9:33 p.m. — Jokic grabs Adebayo in the open court and the officials are checking to see if the grapple constitutes an unsportsmanlike foul.
9:28 p.m. — Jimmy Butler drives along the baseline and fires a pass out to Vincent who splashes a three. Vincent now has 18 points and the Heat pull within two: 64-62. Timeout Mike Malone and the Nuggets.
9:25 p.m. — Fast start to the third quarter with multiple scores end-to-end. After a Kevin Love three, this game is already up at 61-59 in favor of the Nuggets.
9:06 p.m. END OF THE SECOND QUARTER — Heat 51 | Nuggets 57
A beautiful touch pass from Jokic to Gordon followed by a baby hook by Bam Adebayo mark the last scoring plays of the half.
Predictably, Nikola Jokic is the high-point man for the Nuggets with 13 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists.
Max Strus (14 PTS) and Gabe Vincent (12 PTS) have picked up the slack from Jimmy Butler, who has 'only' 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
The Nuggets will be very happy with the way they have defended Butler. He's hit some tough shots, but they have kept him off the foul line, which is critical to their success.
9:02 p.m. — The Heat put together an 8-0 run and bring this contest within seven: 50-43. They trail, but have found some offensive consistency.
8:56 p.m. — Braun dunks it down! He's been a real change agent in this contest. He only has six points, but it feels like more.
8:51 p.m. — The switch has well and truly been flicked. Denver is making stops and hitting shots. They're up 44-32 with 7:49 remaining in the half.
8:50 p.m. — That could have been disastrous! Murray stole the ball and went the other for the dunk. Max Strus swiped at the ball and collected Murray on the head. Murray got the dunk to go and was able to correct his body in the air and land safely. Close call.
8:47 p.m. — 21-point turnaround for the Nuggets! They lead 39-29 after an Aaron Gordon three.
8:44 p.m. — The Nuggets' lead is short-lived as Kyle Lowry makes a clutch three against the run of play, but here comes Jeff Green with a massive three-point make off the Murray pass and they now lead 33-29.
8:40 p.m. — In his 98th Playoff game Jeff Green makes two free throws and the Nuggets have their first lead of the game 27-26!
8:39 p.m. — Christian Braun gets the first score of the quarter after he picks up his dribble and fades away in the post for two. Denver have dragged this right back to 26-25. They trail by just one point.
8:35 p.m. END OF THE FIRST QUARTER — Jamal Murray can't get the long three to go and we head into the quarter-time break with the Heat up 26-23.
After going 0-of-10 in Game 1, Max Strus is the high-point man today with 12 points. All his points have come from the outside where he is 4-of-7.
8:31 p.m. — The Nuggets are starting to build a little offensive momentum with the Jokic midrange make and a Bruce Brown drive, but their problem is defense. They cannot stop the Heat right now. 26-19.
8:30 p.m. — Strus again from three! He has 12 points on four makes from the outside!
8:29 p.m. — Max Strus has nailed 3-of-4 threes in the early going and the Heat lead 21-12. The Nuggets are struggling to get Nikola Jokic involved.
8:24 p.m. — 7-0 in favor of Miami. Max Strus is on fire early.
8:23 p.m. — Kevin Love has not played in the last three Playoff games for Miami. Injecting him into the starting lineup is a huge experimental move by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra - let's see how it plays out.
8:16 p.m. — Harold Rapp III delivers a stirring rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner on the saxophone as this game looks set to tip off!
8:13 p.m. — Denver's lineup remains unchanged from Game 1
8:02 p.m. — The Miami Heat are making a surprise change to their lineup. After not playing in Game 1, Kevin Love is in the starting five!
K Love back in the first 5 pic.twitter.com/7fJdhYLyyk— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) June 4, 2023
What channel is Nuggets vs. Heat on?
- Date: Sunday, June 4
- TV channel: ABC
- Live streaming: Sling TV
Nuggets vs. Heat will air on ABC. Viewers can also stream the game on Sling TV.
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What time is Nuggets vs. Heat tonight?
- Date: Sunday, June 4
- Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
Nuggets vs. Heat will tip off around 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4. The game will be played at Ball Arena in Denver.
Nuggets vs. Heat odds
Denver is an 8.5-point favorite heading into Game 2.
Nuggets vs. Heat schedule
Here is the complete schedule for the 2023 NBA Finals:
|Date||Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|June 1||Nuggets 104, Heat 93||8:30 p.m.||ABC|
|June 4||Game 2||8 p.m.||ABC|
|June 7||Game 3||8:30 p.m.||ABC|
|June 9||Game 4||8:30 p.m.||ABC|
|June 12||Game 5*||8:30 p.m.||ABC|
|June 15||Game 6*||8:30 p.m.||ABC|
|June 18||Game 7*||8 p.m.||ABC|