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Nikola Jokić Named 2023 Western Convention Finals MVP as Nuggets Sweep LeBron, Lakers

Francisco RosaMay 23, 2023Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty ImagesIf Nikola Jokić didn’t have the attention of the basketball world before, he certainly does now.The two-time league MVP helped lead the Denver Nuggets to their first-ever NBA Finals appearance on Monday night after sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers and was named the Western Conference Finals MVP.Bleacher Report

Nikola Jokić Named 2023 Western Convention Finals MVP as Nuggets Sweep LeBron, Lakers

Francisco RosaCould 23, 2023

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets dribbles the ball during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on May 22, 2023 at Arena in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

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If Nikola Jokić did not have the eye of the basketball world earlier than, he actually does now.

The 2-time league MVP helped lead the Denver Nuggets to their first-ever NBA Finals look on Monday night time after sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers and was named the Western Convention Finals MVP.

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Jokić, 28, has been magnificent all through Denver’s run to the Finals however particularly towards LeBron James and the Lakers as he averaged 27.8 factors per sport to associate with 14.5 rebounds and 11.8 assists.

It was revenge for the Nuggets, who misplaced to the Lakers within the convention finals again within the bubble. This time, they dominated a lot of the approach as they had been led by Jokić, who’s trying like the very best participant on the planet proper now.

Jokić had yet one more triple-double within the closeout sport with 30 factors, 14 rebounds and 13 assists. He had one in each single sport within the collection aside from one, which got here in Sport 3 when Jamal Murray led the best way with 37 factors.

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Arguably his greatest efficiency of the collection got here in Sport 1 when he dropped 34 factors, 21 rebounds and 14 assists.

Now comes the largest problem and largest stage of Jokić’s profession within the Finals. Jimmy Butler and the Miami Warmth presently have a 3-0 collection lead over the Boston Celtics within the Jap Convention Finals and can look to shut out that collection Tuesday night time in Miami.

The NBA Finals start June 1 at 8:30 p..m. ET.

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