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Denver Nuggets win first NBA title after beating Miami Heat in Game 5

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By- USA NATIONAL POST

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1.The Denver Nuggets won their first NBA championship Monday night, downing the Miami Heat 94-89 at Ball Arena in Denver to take Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

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2.Two-time MVP Nikola Jokić led the way for the Nuggets with a game-high 28 points and 16 rebounds.

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3.“It was an amazing effort by the team,” he told ABC after the game. “It was an ugly game. We couldn’t make shots but at the end, we figured out how to defend.”

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4.The Serbian big man was voted Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals, and is the first center to win the award named after the late Bill Russell since Shaquille O’Neal of the Lakers in 2002.

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5.Denver fans took to the streets and social media to celebrate the historic win. Local news footage of downtown Denver showed hordes of fans gathered, cheering, climbing light posts and setting off fireworks.

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6."I really never thought I'd see the Denver Nuggets win a championship. ever," a fan tweeted. "But we picked a 19 year old Center from Serbia with the 41st pick and he just led us to a championship."

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7.The 28-year-old Jokić posted 10 total triple-doubles to pass Wilt Chamberlain (seven) for most all-time in a single playoff run. He also finished the postseason as the first player in NBA history to lead all players in points, rebounds, and assists in a single postseason, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

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8.“All the hard work, all the sacrifice, all the dedication, all culminated with us winning a championship,” Malone told ABC. “But I got news for everybody out there: We’re not satisfied with one. We want more. We want more.”

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9."We accomplished something this franchise has never done before, but we have a lot of young, talented players in that locker room, and I think we just showed through 16 playoff wins what we're capable of on the biggest stage in the world," Malone said.

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10."Congratulations to Denver!" a Heat fan said. "I swear I'd be rooting for y'all if it wasn't my team playing on the other side. I'm so happy for Jokic. I'm so happy for the fans!! this is y'all's first championship ever! Couldn't think of anyone who deserved it more other than Miami lol."

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