The Heat mounted a strong fourth-quarter comeback to steal Game 2 of the NBA Finals away from the Nuggets and take home-court advantage. Jun 4, 2023; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) and forward Duncan Robinson (55) react in the third quarter in game two of the 2023 NBA Finals at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Taking an 83-75 lead heading into the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, it seemed likely that the Denver Nuggets would hold serve at home and head to Miami with a commanding 2-0 lead. The Miami Heat, though, didn’t let it happen.

Denver’s Jeff Green scored the first two points of the first quarter with a pair of free throws, but Miami took over from there, scoring the next 15 points. The Heat lead got to 107-95 with 3:39 left. At that point, though, the Nuggets staged a comeback of their own.

But Denver’s comeback, while valiant, ultimately fell just short when Jamal Murray’s game-tying three-point attempt missed.

Miami controlled the game’s opening minutes and while the Nuggets generally got the better of the action late in the first quarter, the Heat still led 26-23 after one. But Denver dominated the early portion of the second quarter, something that seemed remarkable given that their superstar, Nikola Jokić, was on the bench. While there was still a lot of game to be played, it felt at the time that the Heat had lost their best chance at winning one of the first two games in Denver.

But Miami did enough to stay in and eventually, win the game.

Basketball fans praised the Heat for their continued ability to bounce back.

The Heat not only wrestled home court away from the Nuggets with the Game 2 win, but they also handed Denver its first loss at Ball Arena in the postseason.

The series will shift to Miami for the next two games, with Game 3 on Wednesday and Game 4 on Friday.

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