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NBA Finals: Brown, Gordon and the stokers on fire, Miami misses the boat… The tops/flops of Game 4


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NBA Finals: Brown, Gordon and the stokers on fire, Miami misses the boat… The tops/flops of Game 4


In Game 3, the Nuggets were able to count on a historic performance from their star duo. This time, it was the second knives that took the light. 11 points in the last quarter for this devil of Bruce Brown, on fire at the best moment and author of 21 points in total at 8/11 on shots, with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 interception, 1 block and no loss ball in 30 minutes. Look no further for the X factor of the game for Denver, who won both matches in Miami (95-108 on Friday)...

Quickly on the pace and top scorer of the game, Aaron Gordon (27 pts, 11/15 including 3/5 to 3 pts) meanwhile had a full game. 15 points at 6/6 on shots in the second quarter for the former comrade of Evan Fournier in Orlando. 11 points for Michael Porter Jr, 7 from “KCP”. The lieutenants have done well, just to remind us that Denver is above all a big collective, even if Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray are regularly – and logically – put forward.

After a scare (ankle sprain at the start of the game) and before taking his fifth foul (4th QT, with 9'24 to play), Nikola Jokic marched on Miami on Friday, as he has done since the start of the series. . Although, the Serbian double MVP often works on his opponents, whether they are from Florida or not… 23 points and 12 rebounds to his credit, in 37 minutes. Jamal Murray meanwhile returned only 5 of his 17 shots, but he took pleasure in hitting the target when his team needed it most. Above all, he distributed the caviars in spades: 12 assists, 0 loss of ball.

The best jam is made in old jars. The proof with Kevin Love, promoted to the five majors in these Finals and who released a third quarter in vintage mode. At 34, the 2016 NBA champion held the Heat at arm's length after returning from the locker room. He finished with 12 points at 4/6 and 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Only one team has come back from a 1-3 disbursement in the final so far. It was Cleveland in 2016, against the Warriors. Cleveland, with Love. The superstitious will appreciate. Two years his senior, Kyle Lowry also helped to make the artificial respiration work with 13 points and 7 "assists" in 33 minutes, while the "starter" Gabe Vincent drew.

Admittedly, he has long seemed erased, unable to sound the charge when his team needed it most. Jimmy Butler still finished with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in this meeting, going all out in the last quarter. A little late, maybe… 9/17 on shots for the former Bulls.


Jokic five fouls, Murray out of skill and just five points down 8'42 from the end after going 7-0 to start the fourth quarter? A scenario that was to pave the way for a hold-up by the unsinkable Miami team. Missed. Erik Spoelstra's players did not take advantage of this. Admittedly, the Nuggets returned the shots they needed, like this triple signed Murray just after Butler's three-point action to bring Miami to -5. And what about that other plus, the work of Jeff Green, with 6'21 to play? Nevertheless, the Floridians gave the stick to be beaten. Two symbolic actions: a miss from Bam Adebayo near the circle with 7'12 to play and a loss of the ball from Butler with 5'14 on the clock, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope having taken the leather in his hands. Festival of missed opportunities. The Nuggets will have three title shots. The first, in the night from Monday to Tuesday (2h30). “It's our reality, we have to win three games in a row,” sums up Butler.

You'll think we're mad at him: Bam Adebayo was already in our flops after Game 3, despite an XXL double-double to 22 points and 17 rebounds. This time, the former student of the university of Kentucky compiled 20 points and 11 rebounds, with 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 huge against. Yes, but here he is, he also finished with a suspicious address for an interior, at 8/18 on shots, after his ugly 7/21 in the third game. Above all, he found a way to lose 8 balls, as much as the entire Denver team! Not far from the triple double with the “turnovers”… At least Adebayo didn't forget to put on a show, with this superb dunk on a no less superb service from Lowry, and a monstrous counter on Murray.

We take the same and start again. Already across in Game 3, the Gabe Vincent / Max Strus tandem again missed its subject on Friday evening, during Game 4. Hampered by faults, the first named finished with 2 small points at 1/6 , with more ball losses (2) than assists (1). The bubble for the second, 0 points to 0/4 on shots. Miami cannot afford to have so little input from its starting back line, even when Lowry is having a good night and Duncan Robinson (12 pts, 5/7), aggressive at will, recalls that he does not he's not just a three-point shooter.

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