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Jamal Murray takes blame for Game 3 loss to Clippers

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Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets dropped a pivotal game on Monday night as they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 113-107. It was the perfect opportunity for the third-seeded Nuggets to ride their momentum from Game 2. But Paul George and Kawhi Leonard had other plans as they dominated Denver down the stretch.

Murray has been brilliant so far in the post-season but had a quiet Game 3 with just 14 points and couldn’t convert for the Nuggets in key points of the game. He shot just 5-17 (2/7 from deep) and his lack of productivity on Monday ultimately spelled defeat for his squad.

“I missed so many shots. I just gotta be better.” Murray said after the game (per Mike Singer of USA Today). “I put that game on me.”

The Nuggets are now 0-6 in the playoffs in the past two years when Murray scores 15 points or less.

The young Denver guard knows that he has to be on  top of his game if he wants his team to stand a chance against the high-powered Clippers team. Off-nights like this will not cut it.

Murray tried to wake himself up in the dying minutes of the game and drove strong to the basket only to be met by Leonard at the rim for an incredible finger-tip rejection as the Clippers continued to pounce on the Nuggets who looked a bit lost in the fourth quarter.

“We missed a huge opportunity tonight.” he added.

Murray and the rest of the Denver Nuggets will have to quickly forget about this tough loss and regain their confidence as they prepare for an important Game 4 on Wednesday.