Jamal Murray is hitting his stride. The Nuggets rookie guard continued his strong play in Denver’s 110-107 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, scoring 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting.
At one point in the second quarter, Murray caught fire and scored 13 points in a span that lasted roughly two minutes of floor time.
(Don’t mind the caption in the NBA’s tweet, it’s inaccurate.)
Murray drained a mid-range jumper from the left elbow with 9:50 in the quarter. Then he hit a fast-break layup, a 3, another 3 and finally and old-fashioned three-point play. His 13-point flurry ended with 7:50 remaining.
It felt like somewhat of a coming out party for the 19-year-old whom Denver took seventh overall this summer. Murray’s 24 points surpassed his previous career high of 19. In the 10 games since his 0-for-16 start to his career, Murray is averaging 12.4 points, 2.1 assists and shooting 47.8 percent from 3.
“The guy gets 24 and six (rebounds), and he’s shooting into a hula-hoop right now,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said after the game. “He’s feeling very confident, and the guys are finding him. And I want him to shoot it. He’s playing at a high level.”
It’s early, but Murray is showing flashes of being a special player on the offensive end. That’s good news for the Nuggets, considering he doesn’t turn 20 until February.
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