The Miami Heat inflicted a first home defeat of the playoff series on the Denver Nuggets to level the NBA Finals at 1-1 last night.

Bam Adebayo sealed the 111-108 win with a pair of free throws with 48.3 seconds remaining.

The Heat were 15 points down in the first half but outscored their opponents 36-25 in the final period.

The Heat, who are aiming to become the first eighth-seeded team to win the title, were led by Gabe Vincent with 23 points.

Adebayo and Jimmy Butler scored 21 points apiece in the win.

Vincent says they just want to get four wins.

Gabe Vincent.

Nikola Jokic top-scored with 41 points for the Nuggets, but the defeat – their first home loss since 30 March – left coach Michael Malone frustrated.

Miami will host game three of the best-of-seven series on Wednesday.

Malone says they’ll have to outplay the Heat in every department if they are to regain the lead in the series.

Michael Malone.