And no one was more thrilled for the bench swingman than Nikola Jokić.
Brown poured in 11 points in the final 5:07 of the contest as he took over for the Nuggets late to cap off an excellent 21-point performance. His final bucket came when he pulled up for a three over Miami’s Duncan Robinson and delivered the final dagger to the Heat.
While Brown’s shot was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the night, it was quickly followed up by a heartwarming clip of Jokić, celebrating on the other end of the court. The Denver big man stood up off the bench and emphatically waved a towel to salute his teammate’s effort in the closing minutes.
Jokic was fired up for Bruce Brown's 4th quarter takeover 🔥 pic.twitter.com/56rOHygKm1— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 10, 2023
Nikola Jokic’s reaction to that last Bruce Brown 3-pointer. pic.twitter.com/tQI5Qb3P6o— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) June 10, 2023
Jokić has long been one of the fiercest supporters of his teammates and his impassioned celebration for Brown’s takeover was just the latest example. Nevertheless, the NBA world loved to see the Serbian superstar giving his all to show love to Denver’s unlikely hero on Friday.
This is everything! https://t.co/B1fazsUQdQ— Andrew Justin (@COSportsNut) June 10, 2023
This. https://t.co/o7io9UwzK2— Mike Sanford (@Coach_Sanford2) June 10, 2023
This was so pure and so right and so matador https://t.co/IFoXzweDyl— playoff avalanche warning 🚨 (@morgannaanna) June 10, 2023
He feels it.— Elliott Jarnot (@elliott_jarnot) June 10, 2023
This is the only accomplishment he’s ever cared about, and it’s oh so close.
MPJ happy for his guys too! I absolutely love this team so much!— Jokic Burner (2023 NBA Champions!) (@MikesMajorTakes) June 10, 2023