Denver Nuggets are NBA champions

Nikola Jokic has been crowned the NBA finals MVP after guiding his Denver Nuggets team to be  champions for the first time in franchise history.

Nuggets beat Miami Heat 94-89 in Game 5 to wrap up the championship 4-1.

Jokic scored 28 points while his rival Jimmy Butler struggled to make an impact until late on in the game.

Butler scored eight straight points to help the Heat take an 87-86 lead with 2:45 left after trailing by seven.

He made two more free throws with 1:58 remaining to help Miami regain a one-point lead. Then, Bruce Brown got an offensive rebound and tip-in to give the Nuggets the lead for good.

The victory saw Denver seal a one-sided NBA Finals series 4-1, and ended their 47-year wait to lift the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone praised Nikola Jokić describing him as a great person great husband, father and son and brother.

“On the basketball court he has proven time and time again that he’s the best player in the NBA” Malone added.

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.

The city will hold a parade and celebration for the Nuggets on Thursday.

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