Jamal Murray Game Winner Stuns the Lakers AP

Jamal Murray Game Winner Stuns the Lakers



April 23rd, 2024

In a stunning turn of events, Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray hit a clutch step-back 15-footer over Anthony Davis as the clock expired, propelling the Nuggets to a thrilling 101-99 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

This dramatic game winner capped a remarkable comeback for Denver, who trailed by a staggering 20 points in the second half. Jamal Murray, who endured a rough shooting night initially, transformed into hero in the final frame, exploding for 14 points including the game-winner.

Murray Stays Composed Under Pressure

Despite a sluggish start where he missed 13 of his first 16 shots, Murray never lost faith in himself. When questioned about his struggles, Murray highlighted the unwavering support from his teammates who encouraged him to keep firing.

"I told my teammates when I was struggling, 'I'm gonna look for y'all,' and every single one of them told me to keep shooting," Murray recounted. Their unwavering belief proved to be the turning point, as Murray found his rhythm in the fourth quarter, converting 6 of his 8 attempts.

Nuggets Strategize for the Last Second Shot

With the score tied at 99 and just 13 seconds remaining, Nuggets coach Michael Malone opted against calling a timeout. His reasoning? To prevent the Lakers from setting up their defense and potentially disrupting the inbound pass.

The gamble paid off. Following a missed three-pointer by LeBron James, Michael Porter Jr. secured the rebound, initiating a fast break.Jamal Murray faked a three-point attempt, drawing a closeout from Davis, before maneuvering for a clean look at the basket along the baseline to score the game winner for the Nuggets.

Murray's Heroics Earn Coach's Praise

Nuggets coach Michael Malone lauded Murray's clutch performance, acknowledging his initial struggles but emphasizing his unwavering confidence. "That's Jamal Murray right there," Malone said. "He can struggle... but he sees one go in and he's never shying away from the moment, the spotlight. And that was just an incredible play."

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Jokic Notches Triple-Double, Lakers Still Threatening

While Murray stole the show with his late-game heroics, Nikola Jokic delivered a dominant performance with a triple-double of 27 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists. Michael Porter Jr. chipped in with 22 points, and Aaron Gordon added 14 for Denver.

Although outplayed in the fourth quarter, the Lakers displayed offensive firepower throughout the game. Anthony Davis led the team with 32 points, LeBron James contributed 26 points, and D'Angelo Russell caught fire with 23 points including a career playoff-high seven three-pointers.

Despite the heartbreaking loss, LeBron James acknowledged the resilience of the Nuggets. "A 20-point lead in this league, it's not safe, especially against the defending champion," James said. "We've got to do better. But we had our chances."

The series now shifts to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Thursday night. With the momentum firmly on Denver's side, the Lakers will need to make significant adjustments to avoid falling into a 0-3 hole.

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