Despite a 19-point deficit, the Denver Nuggets have turned Game 2 against the Spurs and tied the series. The savior was Jamal Murray, who was extremely underwhelming for the first three quarters who turned it around with his final quarter performance.
“Everyone told me to stick with it,” Murray said following the 114-105 win of the Nuggets. “I don’t think I scored a field goal until the fourth. I just stuck with it. They all believed in me.” The series is now tied 1:1.
Top scorer of the home side was Jamal Murray with 24 points, which helped the Nuggets comeback. The point guard missed his first eight throws before scoring 21 Out of his 24 points in the final quarter. Nikola Jokic also contributed with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists. Gary Harris (23) and Paul Millsap (20) also hit the 20-point mark.
On the Spurs side, DeMar DeRozan’s 31 points couldn’t help them clinch a win. LaMarcus Aldridge contributed with 24 points while Derrick White could only score 17 points. No other player on Spurs scored in double digits.
The Nuggets coach Mike Malone, who after the 0/8 performance of his point guard in the first 36 minutes had enough reason to get Murray off the floor. But: “At no time have I thought about removing him from the lineup,” says Malone. You can see the post-game interview below:
It clearly had an effect. Murray gave Spurs 21 points in the final quarter alone (8/9 FG, 2/3 threes) and led his team to the immensely critical victory in Game 2 in front of the home fans.