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Roads closed in downtown Denver as fans climb street posts, light fireworks after Nuggets win title

Overjoyed fans flooded the city after the Nuggets’ first-ever NBA championship, and traffic jams around the ball arena closed roads around downtown Denver.

“Cops are on @BallArenaDenver and around downtown to help large crowds and heavy traffic vehicles exit the area. Road closures will now limit access to downtown,” Denver Police Department said. warned the public. twitter.

With the city in a celebratory mood, residents needing access to the downtown area have been told to confer with police officers across Denver to find the best access points.

At 20th and Market, fans climbed onto street poles and lit fireworks in the middle of a large crowd, running over them and pushing each other in sheer excitement.


Fans celebrate the Denver Nuggets’ victory over the Miami Heat to win the NBA Championship in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Denver on June 12, 2023.
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The Denver Police Department has been gearing up for this raucous celebration following the crowd control challenges the city faced after winning the Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup last year.

“It will be similar to what we have planned before and previous events like last year with Avus. We will have different plans depending on the situation,” Denver Police Department spokesman Jay Cassiras said. Fox 31. “We hope people celebrate responsibly and don’t get in any trouble.”

A ministry spokesman said officials were on high alert during the post-match celebrations.


A Denver Nuggets fan holds the trophy in the air on the streets of downtown Denver, Colorado after winning the franchise's first NBA championship.
A Denver Nuggets fan lifts the trophy on the streets of downtown Denver, Colorado after winning their first NBA championship.
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Denver Nuggets fans celebrate on the streets of downtown Denver, Colorado after winning Game 5 of the NBA Finals
A Denver Nuggets fan is seen climbing a street post in downtown Denver, Colorado after winning Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
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The Denver Nuggets celebrate their victory over the Miami Heat in the 2023 NBA Finals at the Ball Arena and center Nikola Jokic, 15, receives the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award.
The Denver Nuggets celebrate center Nikola Jokic’s victory over the Miami Heat in the 2023 NBA Finals at the Ball Arena, earning him the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP award.
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“I hope people don’t drive drunk or under the influence of drugs, because we will always be watching,” Casillas told the newspaper.

The Nuggets were able to thrill fans with a 4-1 series victory at home against the Miami Heat Monday night and a 94-89 win in Game 5, the first win in franchise history.

Two-time league MVP at center Nikola Jokic led the team to victory with 28 points and 16 rebounds in Game 5, earning him NBA Finals MVP honors.

“That’s why basketball is a fun sport, a living sport. Until it happens, you can’t say this will happen,” the Serbian player told ABC after the win. “Good, I’m done with my work, so I can go home now.”

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