Another Denver star, Serbian Nikola Jokic, twice the best player in the league, succeeded in achieving a new “Triple Double” by scoring 23 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists, but Murray was the key to winning the match by succeeding in six out of 7 shots in the fourth quarter and 4 out of 4. He made 5 three-pointers, while Jokic or Kentvaeus Caldwell-Pope (8 points) failed to score any points in the fourth quarter.
Murray added 10 rebounds and 5 assists to his scoring tally.
On the other hand, he featured in the ranks of the Lakers LeBron James and Austin Reeves with 22 points each, and the Japanese substitute Roy Hachimura added 21 points.
Two days after Denver built on a strong first quarter to win the first game, the first quarter ended in a 27-27 tie, before the Lakers advanced by 11 points in one of the stages of the second quarter, ending it ahead 53-48.
The score remained close until the end of the third quarter, which the Lakers finished ahead by 3 points (79-76).
Denver took the lead for the first time in the game thanks to a triple by Murray early in the fourth quarter and maintained its lead until the end.
Denver scored 7 triples in the fourth quarter, including 4 by Murray. Murray shone when his team reached the Western Region final in 2020, but missed the playoffs in the past two seasons after he suffered a knee ligament cut in April 2021.
Denver will visit the Lakers in the next two matches, the first of which is Saturday.
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