Sunday’s stretch of playoff basketball was one for the books and almost couldn’t have ended any better. Boston’s Jayson Tatum put the final nail in the Philadelphia 76ers’ coffin, the reigning champion Toronto Raptors scored 150 points in their sweep-clinching win over Brooklyn, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic sunk a buzzer-beating three to tie their series with the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver’s Jamal Murray scored a post-season franchise record 50 points in the night’s finale against Utah.
The only changes one could have made were that former Louisville Cardinal Donovan Mitchell didn’t score 51 points in the head-to-head with Murray and the Nuggets had not lost to Utah, creating the up-hill climb of a 3-1 series deficit.
Jamal Murray and Donovan Mitchell going back-and-forth in the 4Q pic.twitter.com/ipNrqstK3d— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 24, 2020
Nonetheless, Murray’s historical performance was one for the ages and a preview of what Denver has to look forward for the next decade. Built with several young stars, the Nuggets MVP may very well be Murray. For this season alone, when Murray has scored 36 and 50 points in a game, their point differential is +8. In the other two games, Murray scored 14 and 12 points while his team had a -56 points differential.
Thankfully, Denver is absolutely loaded with young talent and primed for several years of legitimately contending for deep postseason runs. Therefore, we’ll most likely see a lot of more of Murray’s heroics on one of the game’s biggest stages.
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