Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nuggets, Jokic look to counter Spurs' doubles

Nuggets, Jokic look to counter Spurs' doubles

Murray made 8 of his 9 shots in the fourth and helped carry the Nuggets to a 114-105 win. Denver's Game 1 loss wasn't all Murray's fault, but he certainly didn't step up when they needed him.

Like DeRozan, Aldridge did a good job of getting to the line for 10 attempts which helped him get back into a rhythm after he couldn't find his shot in Game One.

Murray and Will Barton couldn't get a shot to fall in the first three quarters, combining to go 1-for-18 during that span.

Murray almost outscored the entire Spurs (23 points) roster in the fourth quarter, as the Nuggets cruised to a nine-point victory in Game 2 to tie the series at one game apiece.

They tied it at 95 on Murray's jumper midway through the period, then took their first lead since the first quarter when Murray sank two free throws with 4:50 remaining for a 99-97 lead. Every time he literally put the ball on the floor, somebody was right there. Just look at some of the shots he was knocking down.

Murray eventually led the Nuggets in points with 24, though Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap and Gary Harris all topped 20 points. He scored a career-high 19 points on 6-for-6 shooting in Game 1 filling in for Cousins, who won't require surgery for the injury.

Pascal Siakam added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who never trailed.

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"He needs this", Malone said when asked if there was any consideration to benching Murray in the fourth because he was cold. However, performances like the one we saw from Jamal Murray in the fourth quarter of Game 2 is exactly the type of variables that could tilt the series in one team's favor.

"If you were up 30 with a quarter and a half to go, you just lose out of nowhere, it's like somebody ran up to you and punched you in the guy and ran away", Kevin Durant said. "It's so important for all of our guys, but especially for Jamal". You know, a young player, third year.

The Nuggets have also played well defensively and held the Spurs to 103 points per game in their first two games.

"Everybody told me to stick with it, I don't think I scored a field goal until the fourth, so I stuck with it and that [the crowd] got me going". They will need to keep up the defensive intensity if they want to get the win on Thursday.

And if the Denver Nuggets have that type of star power on its side in Jamal Murray, there's no question this team will have a real chance at making a deep run in the playoffs.

"So I had to stay with him".

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