Nuggets’ Jamal Murray trolls Torrey Craig after missing crucial layup in final seconds of Game 7
The Denver Nuggets have just emerged as the victors in what was an amazing final game to an equally epic first-round series against the Utah Jazz. After their tightly-contested 80-78 win, Jamal Murray could not help but take a shot at teammate Torrey Craig for missing a key layup in the dying moments of the contest.
Craig missed a fastbreak layup with just seconds remaining, which would have put the Nuggets up by four points. For his part, Murray just had to remind him of how this play almost led to the Jazz coming away with the victory.
Nuggets’ Jamal Murray on what he’ll remember about series vs. Jazz in 20 years: “Torrey (Craig) missing the layup… Respect to the Utah Jazz and respect to Donovan (Mitchell). It was a great battle. I don’t know what else to say, I’m speechless.” pic.twitter.com/S8ioZW9HhO
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Torrey Craig jumped in during the interview, and Jamal Murray trolled him right to his face.
Jamal Murray clowning Torrey Craig for his missed layup in the final seconds
“You missed a layup!”
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They’re laughing now, but the Nuggets could have easily been on the opposite end of the celebrations had the Jazz been a little bit luckier. Craig’s miss led to one final possession for Utah, with Mike Conley taking a last-second attempt from deep which would have won the game for the Salt Lake City squad.
Conley’s heave was literally halfway in the basket, but as it turned out, it was going to be Denver’s night. In hindsight, the smarter play would probably have been for the Nuggets to keep possession of the ball instead of going for the two points.
Murray did not exactly have another tremendous outing on Tuesday, finishing with 17 points on 7-of-21 shooting. Nevertheless, he did produce some moments of magic in this series, with none more memorable than his 50-point explosion in Game 6.
The Nuggets have now set up a second-round matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers, with Game 1 scheduled for Thursday.