How Nuggets dismantled Heat in Game 4

MIAMI — The Denver Nuggets are one victory from the franchise’s first NBA championship.

Denver topped the Miami Heat 108-95 Friday in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, taking a 3-1 series lead.

Nuggets star Nikola Jokic continued his MVP-like dominance with 23 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks, and Aaron Gordon delivered a playoff-career high 27 points along with six rebounds and six assists.

Game 5 is Monday in Denver (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC), and the Nuggets can close out the series in front of their fans.

Whether it’s that game or another in the series, history is on Denver’s side. A team that takes a 3-1 series lead is 267-13 in the NBA playoffs, and teams are 35-1 in the NBA Finals when up 3-1. The Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 became the only team to come back from a 3-1 deficit (against Golden State) and win the title.

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