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Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) and former Missouri player Michael Porter Jr. (1) celebrate with teammates after Lakers forward LeBron James, center, missed a layup attempt as time expired in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday in Los Angeles. Denver swept the series to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

DENVER — It took 3,787 regular-season games and 29 trips to the playoffs, countless ripoffs of rainbow uniforms and even more ‘yeah, buts’ than any city should have to stomach. Finally, 47 seasons into an entertaining, often frustrating and almost always overlooked journey in the NBA, Denver is at the center of the basketball world.

The Nuggets — yes, those sometimes-lovable and often-forgettable Nuggets — are in the NBA Finals.