While the outcome wasn’t one the Denver Nuggets and their fans hoped for, it was still pretty cool to see Jamal Murray dominate on the NBA’s second biggest stage.
With the entire world watching, Murray put together one of his most impressive shot making displays of the postseason, racking up 32 points and eight assists against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5. He shot 12-of-20 from the field, and even though he missed a few three-pointers late in the game, most of his work was accomplished by driving to the rim, contorting his body, and finishing above, around, and through contact.
Murray finished 8-of-8 at the free throw line, and there was certainly an argument that he should have attempted more shots at the line. The Lakers switched LeBron James onto Murray midway through the fourth quarter and got away with a blatant foul at the rim with roughly three minutes left in the game.
Despite the loss, Murray’s playmaking display was epic. He had an incredible up-and-under layup with LeBron in his face at the rim, contorted his body for several floaters in the second half, and even made some highlight reel passes. The growth of Murray’s game in the bubble has been incredibly impressive, and Nuggets fans can be excited knowing that they have two elite players with great chemistry locked up for the foreseeable future.