The Nuggets had to grind out a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, and Jamal Murray stole the show. The former Cat finished with a game-high 34 points, while adding five rebounds, four assists and just two turnovers. He was 10-20 from the floor, 3-7 from behind-the-arc and 11-11 from the free-throw line. The series is now tied at 2-2.
Along with his 34 points, Murray had a few extra-impressive shots. For example, this slam:
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And this over-the-backboard bucket:
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His first-half outing kept the Nuggets in the game (17 points on 6-9 shooting), while his second-half performance helped seal the deal for Denver in their 116-112 victory.
Murray’s post-season stats are as strong as they’ve ever been. He’s averaging 20.5 points in just over 35 minutes per game, while shooting 44.4 percent from the floor, 34.4 percent from deep and 83.9 percent from the charity stripe.
Fellow Cats Jarred Vanderbilt and Trey Lyles did not play in Sunday night’s game for the Nuggets. Skal Labissiere did not enter the game for the Trail Blazers.