LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WR) — Jamal Murray scored 23 factors in his first recreation of the NBA restart, together with the tying and go-ahead baskets, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Utah Jazz 134-132 in two overtimes Saturday.
The Nuggets overcame Donovan Mitchell’s 35 factors for Utah, together with a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds remaining within the second additional time. However he missed a desperation heave from close to half-court as the sport ended.
Murray, taking part in his first recreation since March 11 after lacking 4 video games with left hamstring tightness, sank a fallaway jumper for a 123-all tie after which beat the shot clock with a go-ahead 3-pointer. He had 12 rebounds and eight assists, simply lacking a triple-double.
Murray performed 39 minutes and remained within the recreation regardless of displaying apparent indicators of fatigue as Denver gained momentum for the playoffs.
“I used to be solely speculated to play 22,” Murray mentioned when requested about his minutes. “It’s cool. I like challenges and it feels quite a bit higher now that we acquired the win.”
Murray mentioned the important thing was “simply being on the identical web page” together with his teammates and “getting that chemistry again.”
Nikola Jokic scored 10 of his 30 factors within the first additional time for Denver, which solidified its maintain on third place within the Western Convention playoff standings.
Denver coach Michael Malone mentioned his workforce performs “a unique type of basketball, a unique model of basketball” with Murray on the court docket.
“When you will have Jamal and Nikola taking part in with one another and off one another and for one another, that’s a tough duo to protect,” Malone mentioned.
At first of the day, just one recreation separated Houston, Utah and Oklahoma Metropolis for the fourth by way of sixth spots within the Western Convention.
An officers evaluation confirmed Jokic drove the baseline for a layup earlier than the remaining 3.Four seconds expired within the first additional time, forcing the second additional interval. The clock didn’t begin on the play.
Mitchell drove by way of Denver’s defensive breakdowns for a tying uncontested layup with lower than 1 second remaining in regulation.
Jazz: Led by Jordan Clarkson, Utah made 12 of 21 3-pointers within the first half and 22 for the sport. Clarkson made 4 of six 3s within the half and completed 5 of 9. The Jazz led 63-49 at halftime. … Rudy Gobert had 22 factors and 13 rebounds.
Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr. had 23 factors and 11 rebounds. Jerami Grant had 21 factors. … Jokic, who had solely two factors in a primary half, had 14 within the third quarter. He had 11 rebounds.
Mitchell’s jumper gave Utah a 119-117 lead with 3.Four seconds remaining within the first additional time. He mentioned he ought to haven’t left time on the clock for Jokic’s tying basket.
“That’s actually the one purpose why I’m upset as a result of I ought to know that,” Mitchell mentioned. “That’s a psychological error on my half. I really feel like if I try this, hit the identical shot, they don’t have a possibility to try this, in order that’s on me.”
Jazz: Play the Mavericks on Monday.
Nuggets: Play the Lakers on Monday.
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