The Denver Nuggets wasted little time making a mark in their first ever NBA Finals, dispatching of the Miami Heat 104-93 in a Game 1 that was more lopsided than the score suggests. In case there was any doubt, the “boring” Western Conference champions showed fans just how dangerous of a team they really are, especially at home in Ball Arena.

Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray led a cohesive offense that made the most of their high percentage looks and dominated the free throw margin. Jimmy Butler was held in check, Caleb Martin came crashing down to earth and Bam Adebayo's 26 points and 13 rebounds were not enough to overpower the stronger and faster Nuggets. Those who underestimated this team saw Denver's talent and depth very clearly Thursday night.

What is most scary, though, is that this was not even their best showing. They shot under 30 percent from 3-point range and actually lost the turnover battle (10-8). While Jokic recorded NBA Finals triple-double history, he had only taken five shots through almost three quarters. The Nuggets should have more in the tank as the series goes on, which means the Heat will have to step up in a big way.

“The Denver Nuggets just got outshot 33%-30% from 3 by the Miami Heat Fluke bad shooting night for the Nuggets and they still dominated,” Twitter user LeHuman Rights Abuses said.

If Jokic and Murray (26 points and 10 rebounds) stay in top form this could be a short series. Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra will likely have something new to throw at Denver in Game 2, but players simply need to produce. Martin's 1-of-7 shooting night will not suffice. He is essential to the Heat having success in the NBA Finals. Max Strus and Duncan Robinson (combined 1-for-16) must also avoid catastrophic showings going forward.

Otherwise, the Game 1 disparity between these two teams will remain painfully obvious the rest of the way.