In Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat, Bruce Brown, a reserve player for the Nuggets, had an impressive performance. He scored 21 points in the game, with 11 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. Denver’s coach, Michael Malone, praised Brown’s performance, noting that he stepped up as a scorer when the team needed it. The Nuggets have been receiving significant contributions from their bench players throughout the series, showcasing their depth even with shortened rotations in the playoffs.
During the fourth quarter, Brown made several key plays to help Denver maintain their lead. He scored points through field goals, free throws, and a 3-pointer. His scoring spree occurred in a four-minute stretch when the Miami Heat were attempting to close the gap. Brown’s scoring helped Denver secure a 108-95 victory, giving them a 3-1 series lead. Brown acknowledged that the Heat were focusing their defensive efforts on Jamal Murray, which allowed him to step up and make plays.
Brown, who is 26 years old and in his fifth NBA season, has been performing exceptionally well in the NBA Finals. His strong performance is likely to earn him a significant contract in the upcoming offseason. Although he has a player option for the 2023-24 season, he is expected to become a free agent and sign a more lucrative deal.
Coach Malone expressed his confidence in Brown’s abilities as a ball-handler and playmaker. While he knew Brown was a good player, he didn’t anticipate him scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter of a Finals game. Brown’s impact goes beyond scoring, as he has showcased his defensive abilities in previous playoff matchups.
Brown was drafted as the 42nd overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft. He played college basketball for the Miami Hurricanes before entering the NBA. He initially struggled with his shooting but has worked hard in the offseasons to improve his skills. Brown’s dedication to his craft and improvement is now evident on the biggest stage of the NBA Finals.