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BBNBA: Jamal Murray Drops 39 on Grizzlies

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Good morning, folks. Jamal Murray finally had himself a hot shooting night. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

Murray outshines Morant

  • Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant has deservedly stolen headlines this season as the early-season frontrunner for Rookie of the Year. Coming off back-to-back games of at least 23 points including an excellent performance in a one-point win over the Utah Jazz, Morant came to Denver on a hot streak. Jamal Murray made sure to put an end to that.
  • Murray exploded for 39 points – a season-high by 12 points – to go along with four rebounds and eight assists. The Denver Nuggets guard shot 14-24 from the field and an efficient 7-12 from deep in a 17-point win over the Grizzlies. After scoring a season-low of just four points on 1-11 shooting in the previous game, it was nice to see Murray finally have himself a night where all his shots were falling. He recorded zero turnovers, as well.

Lakers trounce Hawks 122-101

  • I think the Atlanta Hawks are just happy to leave Los Angeles. After giving up 37 points in 20 minutes to Paul George in a blowout loss to the Clippers on Saturday, the Hawks gave up 33 points to LeBron James the very next night in another devastating defeat. Anthony Davis wasn’t quite himself, posting 14 points, five assists, and five blocks with an uncharacteristic one rebound. The big man shot 5-14 from the field, but seven other Lakers finished in double-figures to guide the Lakers to a win they controlled throughout the entire game.
  • Rajon Rondo had his best outing since returning from injury, registering 15 points on 5-9 shooting (2-3 from deep) to go along with two boards and three assists.

Other notes

  • Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter went for 10 points and seven rebounds in a 100-99 loss to the Sacramento Kings. Boston had a shot to win the game at the buzzer, but Marcus Smart’s last-second shot *just* rimmed out. Following his injury, Kanter has been coming off the bench and splitting minutes with fellow Boston center Daniel Theis.
  • Finally, Willie Cauley-Stein shot 4-5 from the field for nine points in the Golden State Warriors 108-100 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. WCS also contributed four rebounds and three steals. But the main story of this game was the lengthy injury list, which included seven inactive Warriors players and seven more inactive Pelicans.
  • Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Jamal Murray (DEN)131-114 W @ MEM3914-24 (7-12)48310+2331
Rajon Rondo (LAL)122-101 W vs. ATL155-9 (2-3)23102+1223
Anthony Davis (LAL)122-101 W vs. ATL145-14 (0-2)15054+628
Enes Kanter (BOS)99-100 L @ SAC102-5 (0-0)70012+518
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)100-108 L @ NOP94-5 (0-0)41310-624
Brandon Knight (CLE)95-114 L vs. PHI42-7 (0-3)12102-620
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)131-114 W @ MEM00-010000-32
Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)100-99 W vs. BOSDNP-CD----------------
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)100-99 W vs. BOSDNP-Ankle----------------
John Wall (WAS)121-125 L @ ORLDNP-Foot----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)108-100 W vs. GSWDNP-Achilles----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Cavaliers (Knight) @ Knicks (Knox, Randle)

7:30: Pacers @ Nets

7:30: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington) @ Raptors

8:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Bulls

8:00 (NBATV): Trail Blazers (Labissiere) @ Rockets

8:30: Spurs (Lyles) @ Mavericks

9:00: Celtics (Kanter) @ Suns (Booker)

9:00: Timberwolves (Towns) @ Jazz

10:30: Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Clippers (Patterson)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan