NBA DAILY DRIBBLE: Jamal Murray and the Nuggets send a statement to the rest of the League

NBA results: November 6, 2018

Miami Heat (120) – Detroit Pistons (115)

Houston Rockets (98) – Indiana Pacers (94)

Cleveland Cavaliers (100) – Orlando Magic (102)

Chicago Bulls (116) – New York Knicks (115)

New Orleans Pelicans (116) – OKC Thunder (122)

Boston Celtics (107) – Denver Nuggets (115)

Toronto Raptors (124) – Utah Jazz (111)

Memphis Grizzlies (101) – Golden State Warriors (117)

Minnesota Timberwolves (109) – LA Clippers (120)

Three things that happened in the NBA today

1. Jamal Murray went ballistic

The Denver Nuggets are one of the best teams in the league right now. But heading into the season, there were a lot of doubts as to whether the Nuggets would even make the Playoffs in a tough Western Conference.

So far this season, they’ve silenced a lot of those doubts. They sent a statement to the league when they faced one of the preseason title favorites, the Celtics. It was Jamal Murray that wrapped up the statement in a nice 48-point package.

Early in the game, it looked like the Nuggets would falter in this big game. They fell behind by 15 points and their offense could only muster 19 points in the first period. The only bright spot from the first 12 minutes was Murray, who dropped 14 points to keep Denver afloat.

Slowly, the rest of the team found their groove. They stayed in step with the Celtics in the middle quarters, setting up the explosive performance of Murray in the final period.

Murray erupted for 19 points in the final minute minutes of the game. He single-handedly carried the Nuggets offense in the final period, leading his them to pull away from the Celtics in the final minutes of the game. Murray had incredible scoring blitzes where he just torched his defenders with pull up jumpers and nifty moves to the hoop. When the smoke cleared, Murray had 48 points, a new career-high.

The Nuggets rise up to 9-1, second only to the Bucks and Warriors at 10-1. This game showed that their young talent is learning to play against the best in the league. This game showed that the Nuggets aren’t only reliant on Nikola Jokic. They have pieces, like Murray, to play with the big guns of the league.

2. New York and Chicago battle like the old days

Back in the 90s, the Bulls-Knicks match-up was primetime viewing. It was always a tough, competitive game between the two teams with some explosive performances from their superstars. Lately, both the Knicks and the Bulls have been rebuilding. So their match-ups haven’t been as spicy as before.

In this random day in November, the two teams battled it out like the old days. The Chicago-New York game was a double overtime affair with both teams dragging each other to the deep end.

Zach LaVine made the Madison Square Garden his runway. He took flight every time he got the space for a running start. LaVine dropped 41 points on the Knicks and led the Bulls to the win with his clutch shooting.

LaVine missed two dagger jumpers in regulation, allowing the Knicks to come back and tie the game sending it to OT. In the extra period, he nailed a tough fadeaway jumper to knot the score and send the game to another extension. In the second OT, LaVine’s clutch baskets kept the Bulls alive.

With 2.7 seconds left in the game, he drove straight to the hoop and was fouled taking a layup. He cooly sank two freebies to give the Bulls the win.

This game won’t mean much in the long run. But at least for one night, a Bulls-Knicks game was primetime viewing once again.

3. Don’t Google Fournier strikes again

Evan Fournier did something today that would make you want to Google him.

With 1.8 seconds left and the game tied, the Magic went to their veteran shooting guard. Fournier popped out to the three-point line, faked his Cedi Osman and then dribbled into a wide open three-pointer. Fournier’s release was lightning quick and the ball fell into the hoop as time expired.

Watch the video above to save yourself the hassle of Googling it. But if you do get tempted to Google “Fournier”, just make sure to add “Evan”, “Orlando”, “Magic” or “Game-winner” to the search bar. Please.

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