NBA Fans React to Denver Nuggets Winning First Championship After Defeating Heat

Nikola Jokic was named Finals MVP after a 94-89 victory over the Heat.

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For the first time in franchise history, the Denver Nuggets are NBA champions.

The Nuggets secured the title Monday with a 94-89 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2023 NBA Finals. Nikola Jokic, who has averaged a triple-double in the series, was named Finals MVP.


— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) June 13, 2023

The magical run of the Heat flamed out in the end. After losing to the Atlanta Hawks in the first Eastern Conference game in the recently-implemented play-in tournament, Miami needed to defeat the Chicago Bulls to secure the No. 8 seed.

The Heat's victory over the Bulls sparked a historic stretch, which included the first conference finals appearance for an eighth seed in 24 years, according to Reuters, and the first Finals appearance in 24 years, as reported by the Miami Herald.

“The job is done, we can go home now”

Jokic treating winning the Finals like a 9-5 😂

— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) June 13, 2023

Established in 1967, the Nuggets reached the Conference finals four times, but never advanced to the Finals prior to this season.

Below, get a look at NBA fans' first reactions to the Denver Nuggets taking out Miami and finally securing a championship.

“The job is done we can go home now” is some 2023 “go home and be a family man” ish

— Desus Nice💯 (@desusnice) June 13, 2023

Jokic Brothers tossing Denver's head coach in the air like a doll is killing me

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 13, 2023

Agents for backup big men to western conference gms

— jason concepcion (@netw3rk) June 13, 2023

Lived by Jimmy Butler ... then died by him.

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 13, 2023

Adam Silver: Congratulations to the new NBA champions, the Denver Nuggets!

crowd: *cheers*

Silver: Ja Morant has been suspended 30 games.

— sreekar (@sreekyshooter) June 13, 2023

Jokic didn’t even celebrate, he made sure to shake every hand of the Miami Heat

Respect 🔥

— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) June 13, 2023

Nikola Jokic finished the 2023 playoffs with more points than anyone.

Nikola Jokic finished the 2023 playoffs with more rebounds than anyone.

Nikola Jokic finished the 2023 playoffs with more assists than anyone.

— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) June 13, 2023

“The job is done. We can go home now.” - Nikola Jokic winning the NBA Finals or an assassin who just committed his final murder

— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) June 13, 2023

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