Michael Malone praises Nuggets’ toughness after Game 4 win vs. Blazers
After getting the road win in Game 4, Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone praised his team for its toughness.
Malone pointed out Jamal Murray’s exceptional performance from the free throw line. He also praised his team’s competitive spirit and toughness, especially after their heartbreaking loss in Game 3 that went to four overtimes.
“Jamal Murray was phenomenal tonight. 11-11 from the foul line. Hostile environment. Series hanging in the balance. I can’t speak enough about the resiliency and toughness of our team,” the Nuggets coach said, per Ben Golliver of The Washington Post.
The Nuggets have now tied the series at two games apiece. In Game 4, the Blazers put up a sub-par third quarter and scored just 14 points as opposed to the Nuggets’ 27; however, Terry Stotts’ team mounted a comeback in the fourth. And from the looks of it, it seemed that momentum was right on their side.
Nonetheless, the Nuggets refused to go away. Just like their Game 3 thriller, the two teams traded baskets until the final buzzer. Murray, Gary Harris, and Nikola Jokic once again put their best foot forward. Murray led all scorers with 34 points, Harris chipped in 14 and played a stellar defensive stance, while Jokic had a triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
The series will now shift back to Denver for Game 5.