Murray’s 34-point game leads Nuggets to a 125-107 victory over the Suns in the first game: Jamal Murray leads Denver Nuggets to victory over Phoenix Suns
Jamal Murray put on a show for the home crowd at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado, as the Nuggets beat the Phoenix Suns 125-107 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.
Murray scored 34 points, hitting six of Denver’s 16 three-pointers, and kept urging the crowd to get louder and louder with each trip down the floor.
The Nuggets are the top seed in the Western Conference, and they showed why in this game, despite being the underdogs against the fourth-seeded Suns. Reigning back-to-back NBA MVP Nikola Jokic had 24 points and 19 rebounds, while Aaron Gordon finished with 23 points.
However, it was the Murray Show, as he went 6 of 10 from three-point land and frequently urged the crowd to make more noise.
Murray missed the playoffs last year due to injury, but he’s back in top form this year, adding to his legend as a playoff performer.
His steal and layup, where he split defenders Chris Paul and Kevin Durant and knocked in a high layup off the glass, brought the capacity crowd to its feet.
The difference in the game was the three-point line, where the Nuggets outscored the Suns by a 48-21 margin, and turnovers, where the Suns had 16, including seven by Durant. The Nuggets improved to 38-7 at home through the regular season and playoffs.
Durant, who scored 29 points and grabbed 14 boards for the Suns, isn’t surprised by the Nuggets’ performance. “They’re the No. 1 seed for a reason,” he said. “They’ve got a deep team.”
Game 2 is Monday night in Denver, and the Nuggets will look to continue their winning ways against the Suns.