Game 2 of the NBA Finals witnessed the Denver Nuggets initially asserting control, but Duncan Robinson of the Miami Heat had different plans. As a backup forward, he ignited a remarkable comeback in the fourth quarter, leading Miami to a thrilling 111-108 victory. The series now stands at 1-1 as it moves to Miami for Game 3.

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Following an impressive 18-point performance by Nikola Jokić in the third quarter, Denver entered the final period with an 83-75 lead. However, Robinson, who had yet to score in the game, embarked on a personal 8-2 scoring run at the start of the fourth quarter, narrowing Denver’s lead to 85-83. Later, a 12-0 surge from Miami propelled them to a 90-85 advantage, which they never relinquished.

This pivotal fourth quarter capped off an excellent start for Miami, who had secured a narrow 26-23 lead in the first quarter. Denver responded with a strong showing from their bench in the second quarter and a dominant third quarter from Jokić. Yet, Miami’s shooting prowess, absent in Game 1, made a triumphant return in Game 2. They shot an impressive 48.7% from the field, including a remarkable 48.6% (17-of-35) from beyond the arc.

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Duncan Robinson played a vital role in Miami’s triumph in Game 2, but he wasn’t alone. Six Heat players recorded multiple three-pointers, with Gabe Vincent leading the charge by going 4-of-6 from long range, tallying 23 points. Max Stus, who had struggled in Game 1, redeemed himself by sinking four three-pointers in the first quarter, finishing with 14 points from distance. Jimmy Butler contributed 21 points and 9 assists, connecting on 2-of-5 three-point attempts. Robinson himself added 10 points, while Kyle Lowry and Kevin Love each made two three-pointers. Bam Adebayo excelled in the post, accumulating 21 points and 9 rebounds.

Despite Jokić’s remarkable performance of 41 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, Miami managed to contain his playmaking abilities, limiting him to only 4 assists. Jamal Murray contributed 18 points and 10 assists, while Aaron Gordon was the sole Nuggets starter to reach double figures with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. struggled, shooting 2-of-8 from the field and finishing with 5 points and 6 rebounds. Denver’s defense faced challenges with rotations, frequently leaving Miami with open perimeter shots.

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