Jamal Murray leads the way in the Nuggets 115-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Denver Nuggets squared up against the Los Angeles Lakers on a special evening at the Pepsi Center Saturday night. Nugget legend Fat Lever was having his number 12 jersey retired and sent to the rafters during a ceremonious halftime. The Nuggets’ began with a starting five of Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Juancho Hernangomez, Kenneth Faried, and Mason Plumlee. This was the second game in a row the Nuggets did not have their original starting front-court, but it was a perfect time to give Faried and Trey Lyles a boost in minutes.
The first quarter went well especially for Jamal Murray. Murray was matched up with Lonzo Bust tonight and went off. Murray went through the first quarter with 14 points, nailing three of his five threes. Throughout the game you could even see Murray talking smack to Lonzo on almost every possession. Other stuff went down later on in the game, but we’ll get to that later. In the second and third quarters, the Nuggets’ defense started to slip while shots stopped falling and the Lakers were able to catch up and lead throughout the game until halfway through the fourth. All of a sudden the tides changed and the Nuggets were feeling it. Faried started to dominate the boards, Plumlee began playing some physical offense, and Murray let loose on Lonzo Ball. Murray kept Ball to just 9 points, but I’m sure it wasn’t too difficult.
For those of you Lakers fans saying Murray is the worst 3pt shooter in the NBA, there’s a saying, don’t throw stones from a glass house. Unless it’s to Lonzo Ball because he’d probably miss the house. pic.twitter.com/LRgGZUMJHk
— Rafael Torres 🇩🇴 (@RafaelTorresNBA) December 3, 2017
As the game was drawing to a close, the Nuggets ended the fourth quarter on a 15 to zero run winning with the final score of 115 to 100. As the clock winded down, Murray proceeded to dribble the ball past Lonzo and caused some ruckus with Julius Randle. Funny how Lonzo’s teammates stick up for him, but he wouldn’t do the same. Last year Denver enjoyed the small rivalry between D’angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay, but now it’s Murray and Ball.
Murray dribbled around Lonzo to end the game and Randle wasn’t happy 👀 pic.twitter.com/DiB15k82UU
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 3, 2017
Murray then tweeted after the game about receiving hate, presumably from Laker fans, but said he’s there just to ball.
First time got this much hate lol, we just playin ball 🏀
— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) December 3, 2017
Whether there is a pun in the use of ball or not, Jamal finished the game with 28 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Trey Lyles also had a big night scoring 18 points and Plumlee did an excellent job stepping in for Jokic dishing out 6 assists. Below are some overall team stats.
46% FG% 44%
39% 3P% 30%
82% FT% 71%
12 TOs 21
39 RBs 52
26 ASTs 21
The Nuggets are now 13-9 overall and 10-2 at home. This week, they start their road trip on Monday taking on the Dallas Mavericks, hoping to keep their momentum rolling even more.