The Denver Nuggets won the NBA Finals Wednesday night, making Aaron Gordon and Zeke Nnaji the 10th and 11th former Arizona Wildcats to win an NBA championship as a player.
The Nuggets beat the Miami Heat in five games, giving Denver its long-awaited first NBA title.
Gordon played a significant role in Denver’s Finals victory, averaging 14 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3 assists. Gordon scored a game-high 27 points in the Nuggets’ Game 4 victory in Miami.
On Wednesday, Gordon’s shot wasn’t falling but he delivered a decisive block in the fourth quarter.
Oh my Aaron Gordon what a block pic.twitter.com/OmaQdbbspX— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) June 13, 2023
Gordon’s size worked against him in another instance, however, when he was called for a foul defending a Jimmy Butler 3-point attempt. Butler appeared to kick his leg out and hit Gordon in the groin, but it was Gordon who got penalized somehow.
This was ruled a foul on Aaron Gordon.— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) June 13, 2023
Cheap foul aside, it was a memorable series for Gordon, who reminded the basketball world that he’s much more than an electrifying dunker.
As for Nnaji, the third-year big man played sparingly this playoffs for the Nuggets. He made a very brief appearance in Game 3 of the Finals without recording any stats.
Nnaji was able to celebrate the championship with his family after the game.
All Glory to The Most High for HIS Blessings!!! pic.twitter.com/oG6t02e98I— Zeke Nnaji (@ZekeNnaji_Hoopz) June 13, 2023
Gordon, meanwhile, took his celebration outside Ball Arena onto the streets of Denver, where he joined a stream of euphoric fans.
One of a kind.