Denver Nuggets hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy after their Game 5 win over the Miami Heat. Jun 12, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke celebrates with the Larry O’Brien Trophy after the Nuggets won the 2023 NBA Championship against the Miami Heat at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets had a chance to win an NBA Championship for the first time in franchise history in their Game 5 matchup on Monday night. The Heat put up a great fight, but the Nuggets were ultimately too much in the closing moments of the game.

A number of players on the Heat had some very solid games, including Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler who each put up 20 points.

However, star center Nikola Jokić was just too much, putting up 28 points to go along with a whopping 16 rebounds to help his team come away with the historic win to end the 47-year championship drought.

As many expected, Jokić earned himself the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award, the first time that the award has been given out since Russell’s passing last July. He also becomes the lowest-drafted player to ever receive the award, a testament that speaks to his massive improvements over his career.

Many around the NBA world took to social media to congratulate the Nuggets for their championship victory.

This victory certainly raises a huge argument for Nikola Jokić truly being one of the top centers in NBA history. He notably has two regular season MVPs and is now a Finals MVP and an NBA Championship.

The win was also an emotional one for Nuggets star point guard Jamal Murray, who is just one year removed from missing the entire season due to a torn ACL. He let his emotions loose when asked what this win meant to him by ESPN’s Lisa Salters.

Murray and Jokić are very clearly still in the prime of their careers, and if this postseason was any indication the Nuggets will be in contention to return to the NBA Finals next season.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.