Jamal Murray joins Carmelo Anthony among Nuggets greats with playoff scoring streak
Denver Nuggets superstar Jamal Murray continues his impressive run in this year’s playoffs. He delivered another masterful performance in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Murray dropped 32 points on Thursday which is his seventh consecutive 20+ point game. The last Nuggets to do this in the postseason was Carmelo Anthony who tallied 12 straight games.
Jamal Murray has now recorded 20+ points in 7 straight playoff games within a single postseason. The last @Nuggets player to do this was Carmelo Anthony in 12 straight games (Apr. 22 to May 23, 2009). pic.twitter.com/UnXSItDHA0
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) September 25, 2020
Unfortunately for Murray, his 32-point evening came at a loss as the Nuggets dropped a pivotal Game 4 against the fierce Los Angeles Lakers squad. The 23-year old was clutch and tried to push his team to mount another comeback but LeBron James and Anthony Davis had different plans. Murray held his own on Thursday, leading the team while Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap had to ride the bench in key stretches of the game due to foul trouble. Though the Nuggets kept it close, they ultimately fell short and find themselves in a familiar 3-1 situation.
Murray has been undoubtedly the brightest star for the Nuggets in these playoffs and has paired quite well with big-man Jokic. Prior to Thursday’s loss, Murray was averaging 26.6 points per game at an efficient 50% shooting clip. The Ontario-native has scored in double digits in all of their 17 playoff games so far and even had two 50-point evenings in their first-round match-up against the Utah Jazz. Thursday’s 32-pointer will do nothing but up his averages by a few ticks.
The “Blue Arrow” still has a lot of catching up to do in terms of Anthony’s record of 12 games but from the way he’s been playing, that’s not going to be far off for the Nuggets’ young phenom.