Nuggets vs. Heat live score, updates, highlights from Game 4 of NBA Finals


The Nuggets regained home-court advantage with a win in Game 3, and now they’ll look to put themselves one win away from their first NBA championship in franchise history.

It feels like do-or-die time for the Heat, who are desperate for a home win before the series shifts back to Denver for Game 5. Trailing 2-1 in the series, Miami cannot afford to drop back-to-back home games.

The spotlight will be on Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, but the Heat will need their role players to step up the way they did in the Eastern Conference Finals. If the Nuggets’ star duo of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray can replicate what they did in Game 3, Miami’s hopes of pulling off an all-time underdog story just might come up short.

For live updates, highlights and more from Game 4, The Sporting News has you covered below.

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Nuggets vs. Heat score

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Nuggets 20 35 31    
Heat 21 30 22    

Nuggets vs. Heat live score, updates, highlights from Game 4

Fourth quarter

10:53 p.m.: History for Jamal Murray. The Nuggets star guard joins Magic Johnson as the only players to have 10-plus assists in the first four games of the NBA Finals.

10:49 p.m.: A Bam Adebayo missed layup turns followed by a tough finish inside from Aaron Gordon keeps the Nuggets’ lead at a comfortable eight points, up 91-83 with 6:54 to go. Gordon (27 points) has been a flat-out monster tonight.

10:42 p.m.: Here come the Heat! Nikola Jokic picked up his fifth foul with 10 minutes remaining in the quarter and was forced to head to the bench. Miami has responded with a 7-0 run to start the quarter, capped off by a Jimmy Butler and-one to send the crowd into a frenzy. The Nuggets’ lead is down to six, 86-80, with 8:42 remaining.

End of third quarter: Nuggets 86, Heat 73

10:32 p.m.: Play resumed but the delay couldn’t cool off Aaron Gordon. He knocked down a 3-pointer to end the frame and give the Nuggets a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Gordon has a game-high 25 points while shooting 10-for-13 from the field and 3-for-3 from 3-point range.

10:25 p.m.: We have a slight delay in the action. Bam Adebayo hung on the rim on a dunk attempt and the basket is uneven. Bring out the ladder and level!

10:16 p.m.: Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the Heat just won’t go away. Every time it feels like the Nuggets are going to pull away, Miami comes up with a play to stay in it.

Kevin Love is grinding on both ends of the floor and Duncan Robinson picked off a Nikola Jokic outlet pass for a transition layup. Denver remains in the lead, 74-66, with 3:07 remaining in the quarter.

10:06 p.m.: The Nuggets opened the second half on a 10-4 run to build a 10-point lead and Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra wants a timeout. Aaron Gordon found a cutting Jamal Murray on a beautiful bounce pass for a layup to put Miami up 65-55 with 7:35 to play in the quarter.

Halftime: Nuggets 55, Heat 51

9:42 p.m.: Another “Bam Slam” sent the Miami crowd into a frenzy as the Heat keep the score tight heading into halftime. Kyle Lowry provided a punch off the bench by chipping in 13 points, while Jimmy Butler’s 14 points and five assists lead the way for his team.

Aaron Gordon’s second-quarter explosion has him up to 16 points on the night, while Nikola Jokic added 16 points of his own despite battling through a sore ankle. Jamal Murray has been quiet so far, only adding six points and four assists.

9:30 p.m.: The Aaron Gordon show has broken out in Game 4. The athletic forward is up to 15 points on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting from the field in the second quarter to help the Nuggets build a 48-43 lead with 2:41 to play in the half. 

He’s buried a 3-pointer, thrown down a vicious dunk in traffic and finished a beautiful alley-oop pass from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to highlight his outburst.

9:20 p.m.: Nikola Jokic went to the locker room at the end of the first quarter after tweaking his ankle, but he has returned to the game and buried a 3 on his first possession back.

9:15 p.m.: All of a sudden, the Heat are creating easy looks on offense. Duncan Robinson buried an open corner 3 off a Jimmy Butler assist, then Robinson found a cutting Butler wide open for a layup. Timeout Denver with the game tied 30-30 early in the second quarter.

End of first quarter: Heat 21, Nuggets 20

9:06 p.m.: We have ourselves a ballgame. The Heat closed the quarter on a 10-2 run, capped off by a buzzer-beating corner 3 from Jimmy Butler to give Miami a 21-20 lead. Butler was sensational in the first frame, scoring or assisting on 14 of the Heat’s 21 points.

8:58 p.m.: The Nuggets’ defense has been stifling early on. They have held the Heat to 5-for-14 shooting from the field and 1-for-7 shooting from 3, making them work for every bucket. Jamal Murray is starting to find a groove, knocking down a 3-pointer to give him six points on the night. Denver leads 18-11 with 2:06 to play in the first frame.

8:47 p.m.: It’s been a scrappy start to Game 4, with both teams knotted at 7-7 five minutes into the contest. Bam Adebayo (4 PTS) has been aggressive on the offensive end again — which is always a good sign for Miami. Michael Porter Jr. still hasn’t snapped out of his funk, missing back-to-back bunnies at the rim.


8:00 p.m.: Although there was some speculation the Heat may switch up their starting lineup, head coach Erik Spoelstra is going with the same five. Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Love and Bam Adebayo.

8:00 p.m.: Same starting five for the Nuggets: Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon and Nikola Jokic.

What channel is Nuggets vs. Heat on?

  • Date: Friday, June 9
  • TV channel: ABC
  • Live streaming: Sling TV

Nuggets vs. Heat will air on ABC. Viewers can also stream the game on Sling TV.

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What time is Nuggets vs. Heat tonight?

  • Date: Friday, June 9
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET | 5:30 p.m. PT

Nuggets vs. Heat will tip off around 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, June 9. The game will be played at the Kaseya Center in Miami.

Nuggets vs. Heat odds

Denver is a 3.5-point favorite heading into Game 4.

Game Lines Nuggets Heat
Spread -3.5 +3.5
Moneyline -165 +140

Odds courtesy of BetMGM, an authorized gaming operator of the NBA. Click HERE to sign up.

Nuggets vs. Heat schedule

Here is the complete schedule for the 2023 NBA Finals:

Date Game Time (ET) TV channel
June 1 Nuggets 104, Heat 93 8:30 p.m. ABC
June 4 Heat 111, Nuggets 108 8 p.m. ABC
June 7 Nuggets 109, Heat 94 8:30 p.m. ABC
June 9 Game 4 8:30 p.m. ABC
June 12 Game 5 8:30 p.m. ABC
June 15 Game 6* 8:30 p.m. ABC
June 18 Game 7* 8 p.m. ABC

*If necessary

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