As expected, the Miami Heat came out as the aggressor in Game 2 after a lackluster offensive performance in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. However, Denver held off the early onslaught from Max Strus and the other Miami shooters, and clawed its way back from an early double-digit deficit to trail by just three going into the second quarter.
With Nikola Jokic headed to the bench for his typical rest to start the second, it was a pivotal time in the game with Miami believing they had a chance to regain control. Instead, the Denver bench and Jamal Murray opened the period on a 21-6 run to take a 12-point lead, as they warmed up from three and began to increase their defensive pressure. .
The exclamation point on the run to open the second quarter came from Murray, who got a steal on Strus and burst into the open ground for a dunk. Strus tried to chase him down and foul him, but only managed to hit Murray in the back of the head as he launched a vicious dunk, delivering a quick look at Strus before heading towards the free throw line.
It was impressive play from Murray on both sides, but the finishing was particularly strong given the contact just as he came to the edge. It was also good to see the officials allow Murray some emotion from the final with the quick look – and good for him not to press his luck and move on quickly.