For the second straight contest, Murray poured in exactly 34 points, but he was much more efficient in the winning effort after converting 14 of 32 attempts from the field in the quadruple-overtime loss in Game 3. Throughout the series, however, Murray has been consistently unshakable at the free-throw line. Sunday's perfect showing leaves him at 18-for-18 in four games.
Murray totaled 34 points (14-32 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, five assists and one steal across 55 minutes during the Nuggets' 140-137 quadruple-overtime loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series Friday.
Murray paced the Nuggets in shot attempts and scoring during the instant classic, with his tally serving as a playoff-high figure. The third-year guard fell just one shot attempt short of matching his combined total in that category from the first two games of the series. Murray is now averaging an impressive 24.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.3 steals over the first three contests against Portland and will look to help Denver bounce back in Sunday's Game 4.
Murray aggravated a thigh injury during Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Trail Blazers and will undergo treatment over the next 48 hours, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports.
Murray bruised his right thigh during the first round, and things flared up Wednesday after he ran into a screen. The goal for Murray ahead of Sunday's Game 3 matchup is to get his thigh to "loosen up as much as possible." It seems likely he'll play this weekend, but the situation is worth monitoring as the Nuggets head to Portland.
Murray ended with 23 points (8-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight assists, and two steals in 34 minutes during Monday's 121-113 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Murray had an efficient night Monday, shooting 8-of-15 from the field on his way to 23 points. The pick-and-roll with Nikola Jokic was spectacular with both players coming off with plenty of open looks. Murray is certainly going to be a key factor moving forward for the Nuggets and will need to remain focused if they are to propel themselves into the Western Conference finals.
Murray ended with 23 points (9-19 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, and four assists in 32 minutes during Saturday's 90-86 victory over the Spurs.
Murray came on late for the Nuggets who managed to hold off a fast finishing Spurs team, advancing to the second round of the playoffs where they will face the Trail Blazers. Despite dropping a game-high 23 points, Murray appears to have lost some confidence in his perimeter game and will need to turn things around heading into what will be a more offensive based matchup moving forward. Outside of Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets have struggled to find regular scoring and so will need Murray to be at his best come Monday.
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