Video: Jamal Murray scores Nuggets’ first points in Game 4 with over-the-backboard shot
After Portland Trail Blazers forward Moe Harkless forced Murray into the corner, the 22-year-old guard threw up a rainbow over the backboard with the shot clock expiring.
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Instead of celebrating, the Kentucky product looked exasperated with the lack of a foul call after draining the ridiculous shot.
Murray is currently showing no effects of fatigue after playing 55 minutes in one of the longest games in NBA playoff history. The third-year player had a solid Game 3, scoring 34 points on 14-of-32 shooting. Unfortunately for Murray, his efforts were not enough to top the Blazers as the Nuggets fell by a final score of 140-137.
The third-year player is currently looking to lead his team to a hugely important victory and avoid falling behind 3-1 in the series. In the first half, Murray has already scored 17 points on an effective 6-of-9 from the field. Teammate Nikola Jokic also contributed with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
Murray and the Nuggets know that while this is not technically a must-win game, a loss will seriously dent their playoff hopes. Over 90 percent of teams that took a 3-1 series lead end up taking the series. Additionally, a loss here means that the Nuggets would have to win three straight games against a Portland team that is brimming with confidence.
In short, Murray will be doing everything he can, including draining shots from behind the backboard, to ensure a Nuggets victory.