With the Denver Nuggets’ season on the line, the version of Jamal Murray that led the team to give him a $170 million deal last summer showed up.
The Nuggets guard went off for 42 points in a 117-107 win for the Nuggets, who staved off elimination in Game 5 against the Utah Jazz. The Jazz now lead the series 3-2.
With 42 points on 17-of-26 shooting (4-of-8 from deep), eight rebounds, eight assists and zero turnovers, Murray was dealing damage from all over the court. However, it was an unreal move in the paint late in the third quarter hat encapsulated his night.
Jamal Murray’s jaw-dropping 360 spin
Splitting two defenders away from the perimeter, Murray drove to the basket and was met by Rudy Gobert in the paint. As the NBA’s best rim protector threw out his gargantuan wingspan, Murray unleashed a 360 spin move and finger roll to continue a Nuggets surge.
That was part of a 15-2 run for Denver to erase a 12-point Utah lead between the third and fourth quarters.
Murray’s big night came after a 50-point performance in a Jazz win in Game 4, which added up to some Nuggets history. Simply put, Murray shattered a two-game scoring mark previously held by Carmelo Anthony.
Most points in a two-game span in Nuggets playoff history (via Elias Sports):— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 26, 2020
Jamal Murray: 92
Carmelo Anthony: 74 pic.twitter.com/TbTvKHKQLD
Between that 50-point night and a 12-point performance in Game 3, it has been an up-and-down time in the bubble for Murray. The Nuggets can only hope his scoring continues as they seek two more wins against the Jazz.
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