DENVER (AP) Jamal Murray scored 13 of 18 points in the first quarter to set Denver on fire early as the Nuggets lead 43 points in Thursday night’s 122-91 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Did.
The Nuggets picked the perfect time to turn in one of their best performances of the season. In the nationally televised game, Denver pushed the pace and Westerns showed why the team would line up with Memphis in the conference. The Nuggets shot 50.6% and had 28 assists.
Even Nikola Jokic wasn’t doing most damage. His two-time NBA MVP had 12 points, six rebounds and nine assists before heading off in the fourth quarter.
Murray was one of seven Denver players to finish in double figures. He hit 4 of his 3-pointers in his 14 on the team.
Kentavious Caldwell Pope turned the game into a rout with a 19-0 victory in the second quarter.
Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the rest of the Clippers had off-night shooting as they dropped four straight games. This includes 5 out of 37 from the 3 point range.
Leonard finished with 6 points and George, who played with a sore hamstring, had 3 points. Neither played in the second half, and from the field he combined three of the sixteen.
No player in the Clippers’ starting lineup has scored in double figures. Norman Powell led Los Angeles with his 13 points.
Murray set the tone early on with 13 points on 5/6 shooting. Dynamic Points His guard is off to an up-and-down start as he returns from a torn ACL that kept him out of action last season.
On the flight home from the Minnesota loss this week, Nuggets coach Michael Malone sat next to Murray in a heartfelt conversation.
“I was just trying to reach out to the players and show support,” Malone said. “That’s my relationship with Jamal. Constant communication, collaboration.”
Clippers: F Nicholas Batum out with a sprained left ankle. … G John Wall was on hiatus (managing left knee injury).
Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar had 15 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. … Bones Highland scored his 16.
Clippers: Friday night in Minnesota.
The Nuggets: Host Cleveland Friday Night.
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