DENVER – Jamal Murray scored a career-high 48 points Monday night, but it was Kyrie Irving’s reaction to Murray’s decision to shoot a 3-pointer as time expired – and with the outcome already well in hand – that turned out to be the night’s most memorable moment.
Irving wound up with the ball after Murray’s shot missed, and after ripping his hand away when Denver Nuggets assistant Jordi Fernandez ̵
1; who was a player development assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers during Irving’s first two NBA seasons in the NBA – attempted to shake it, he turned and fired the ball high into the stands before marching off the court.
Irving had not cooled much by the time he spoke to the media a short time after the Boston Celtics’ 115-107 lost to the Nuggets, either.
“I mean, what kind of competitor would not it bother?” Irving said. “I understand if we fouled him, going to the free throw line. … I do not want to make a big deal out of it.
The Denver Nuggets are not messing around after being the best non Jamie Murray scored a career-high 48 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets overcame a sluggish start to beat the Boston Celtics 115-107 on Monday. night.
“Obviously, I was pissed at the game, but it’s time to decompress and move on. Congratulations to him having 48 points. He did it in a great fashion against us. Vårt forsvar har to være bedre, specielt imot en spiller som i den pick-and-roll. He was the primary concern tonight and he made us pay in certain instances of making some tough shots and some tough layups.
“But the ball deserves to go in the crowd after a bulls — move like that. So I threw It’s in the crowd. “
Murray’s 48 points surpassed Andrew Wiggins’ 47 from a 2016-17 game as the most in NBA history by a Canada-born player. And Murray was clearly caught up in the moment – he had missed a reverse layup that would have gotten him to 50 a few seconds earlier, and the hometown crowd was hoping to see him eclipse the mark. Men han syntes også umiddelbart at han ville gå over linjen, og apologized både i hans on-court-intervju umiddelbart efter spillet, så vel som flere ganger under hans postgameintervju foran hans locker.
“I think My emotions took over, as it usually does, “said Murray, who shot 19-for-30 overall, 5-for-11 from 3-point range and went 5-for-5 from the foul line. “No disrespect to the Boston organization and fans with that shot – I just had in my mind that I was going to go 50, and I think everybody kind of understood that was what I was trying to do.
” I really was not meaning no disrespect. … I know half the team over there, so no hard feelings. “
This was not the first time Murray got himself in hot water after letting his emotions get the best of him. Both times the Los Angeles Lakers visited Denver last season saw him get into it with different Lakers players. When the two teams played in Denver on Dec. 2, Murray dribbled upcourt and around Lakers guard Lonzo Ball as he was walking away in the final seconds of a 115-100 Denver victory
The second time, Murray exchanged words with then-Lakers guard. Isaiah Thomas – who is now Murray’s teammate with the Nuggets – after making free throws in the final seconds of a 125-116 victory.
“I Murray was being a little disrespectful at the end of the game, “Lakers coach Luke Walton said at the time.” Just some trash talking to our guys. “
Murray himself referred those moments against the Lakers in trying to explain what he was thinking when he l
“I did not have no conscious,” Murray said. “I really did not care at that point.”
“Everybody knew I was trying to go for 50 at that point. That was the problem. I did not mean no disrespect.
“I just lost myself sometimes.”
Murray and Irving had put on quite the show, with Irving finishing with 31 points on a blistering 13-for -17 shooting performance of his own. Murray, who scored 14 straight points in the first quarter to help keep Denver in the game as Boston raced out to an early double-digit lead, then scored 19 more in the fourth quarter to help the Nuggets put away the game and improve to 9-1 on the season, as they remain a half-game back of the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the Western Conference.
“The first shot,” Murray said, when asked þegar hann vissi að hann væri í fyrir góða nótt. “I was tired going into the game, but I play better when I’m tired. I’m more focused. I was taught that way, grew up that way. … I did not know how much I even had at half , but I did not lose that mood. I did not lose that confidence, and my team just kept finding me the ball. “
They found him enough to get those 48 points, and to lead the Nuggets to a win
“It was just a fun game,” Murray said. “I was not really worried.” about learning. … I only went to school for a year, so I was only worried about putting the ball in the basket.
“That’s all I was trying to do.”