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BBNBA: Murray’s 33 Powers Nuggets Comeback Win

(Garrett Ellwood | NBAE Getty Images)

(Garrett Ellwood | NBAE Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. Jamal Murray had his best outing in over a month. Let’s talk NBA.

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RECAP

Heat hand 76ers first home loss of season

Jimmy Butler’s second return to Philly this season marked a far different result than the first game from late November that saw the Miami Heat blown out by 27 points. Coming into the game with a 15-0 record at home, the 76ers could have used the presence of Butler that they once had a season ago.

Miami was powered by 23 points from Bam Adebayo, who also contributed nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks on 9-16 shooting in 33 minutes. It was the Heat’s 20th win of the season, tying them with the Sixers in the win column. Miami used a 27-7 run to end the first half and led by 16 at one point during the fourth quarter. A brief comeback attempt from the 76ers added to the intensity, but Butler put the game away at the free-throw line down the stretch.

Tyler Herro added nine points, eight rebounds, and seven assists on 4-11 shooting in 24 minutes. And if you were wondering: yes, eight rebounds and seven assists are both career-highs for the rookie.

Jamal Murray drops 33

The Denver Nuggets offense has looked like a shell of its former self this year. After posting the league’s sixth-best offensive rating in 2018-19 (113.0), they’re down to 18th (108.3) through 26 games this season. Nikola Jokic hasn’t been commanding the offense as he should be. The shooting goes through extended droughts far too regularly. Jamal Murray is even more hot and cold than usual.

On Wednesday night and trailing by 19 not even halfway through the third quarter, it looked like Denver was on the verge of losing to another team they are overwhelmingly better than. Then, Murray took over – to the tune of a 24-0 Nuggets third-quarter run.

13 of Murray’s 33 points came in that third period and his team fought all the way back to take an eight-point lead heading into the final quarter. The Orlando Magic did their best to cut into the lead, but Denver always had an answer, especially Murray. The former ‘Cat also added five rebounds to his stat line while shooting 11-18 from the field.

Denver has now won four straight games.

KAT sits out loss against Pellies

I feel like a broken record at this point, but we’ve got more injuries to discuss. This time, Karl-Anthony Towns was sidelined for the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the New Orleans Pelicans. In the Wolves’ previous outing against the Los Angeles Clippers, Towns took a hard fall in the fourth quarter while being guarded by Montrezl Harrell. As a result, Towns has been listed as day-to-day with a knee sprain going forward.

New Orleans snapped a 13-game losing skid with the win fueled by 34 points from Brandon Ingram.

Thunder close out Grizz

The Oklahoma City Thunder had been notorious this season for failing to close out games. They started out 0-7 in games decided by five points or fewer but have remedied that with a 5-1 stretch in such affairs since then. Against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, OKC pulled out another close game, sealing a 126-122 victory at home.

The Grizz maintained a double-digit lead throughout the majority of the game, at one point leading by as many as 26 points in the third quarter. But the Thunder stormed back.

Dennis Schroeder poured in 22 second-half points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished the night with 20 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, and two steals for OKC. Nerlens Noel recorded 10 points and three rebounds on a 4-6 clip from the field.

Other notes

  • Willie Cauley-Stein went for 12 points and seven rebounds in the Golden State Warriors 122-112 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Skal Labissiere registered 10 points and seven boards for the Blazers.
  • In the Boston Celtics 109-103 win over the Dallas Mavericks, Enes Kanter pulled in a season-high of 13 rebounds to go along with his six points and two assists for Boston.
  • Carmelo Anthony is very cheap.

  • Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Jamal Murray (DEN)113-104 W vs. ORL3311-19 (2-8)51104+1235
Bam Adebayo (MIA)108-104 W @ 76ers239-16 (0-0)95223+233
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)126-122 W vs. MEM207-16 (0-3)91221+1438
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)112-122 L @ POR126-8 (0-0)71101-722
Nerlens Noel (OKC)126-122 W vs. MEM104-6 (0-0)31001-417
Skal Labissiere (POR)122-112 W vs. GSW103-6 (0-1)70000+614
Tyler Herro (MIA)108-104 W @ 76ers94-11 (1-3)87102+424
Enes Kanter (BOS)109-103 W @ DAL62-10 (0-0)132001+2120
Malik Monk (CHA)98-100 L @ CLE52-4 (1-1)20000+211
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)98-100 L @ CLE52-4 (1-2)21010+512
Brandon Knight (CLE)100-98 W vs. CHADNP-CD----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)113-104 W vs. ORLDNP-Inactive----------------
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)99-107 L vs. NOPDNP-Knee----------------
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)98-100 L @ CLEDNP-Finger----------------
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)126-122 W vs. MEMDNP-Elbow----------------
John Wall (WAS) 109-110 (OT) L vs. CHIDNP-Foot----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)107-99 W @ MINDNP-Achilles----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:30: Jazz @ Hawks

8:00 (TNT): Lakers (Davis, Rondo) @ Bucks (Bledsoe-out)

8:30: Nets @ Spurs (Lyles, Johnson)

10:30 (TNT): Rockets @ Clippers (Patterson)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR