Jamal Murray Drops Career-High 50 Points in Nuggets' Win vs. Cavs

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorFebruary 20, 2021

Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray (27) dunks next to Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Denver Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray matched a career-high with 50 points on 21-of-25 shooting (8-of-10 from three-point range) in a 120-103 road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

Murray scored 50 points twice against the Utah Jazz during the first round of the 2020 NBA playoffs. He hit nine three-pointers in each game.

The ex-Kentucky guard's previous regular-season career-high total was 48 against the Boston Celtics on Nov. 5, 2018.

StatMuse posted some notable accolades following the performance:

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He is the first Nuggets player with a 50-point game on 80%+ shooting. He also joins Kyrie Irving as the only players to do so since 1995. Full list: https://t.co/bLjCsnzzrP

In addition, ESPN Stats & Info tweeted that Murray has joined Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal as the only players this season to earn this remarkable feat:

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Including the playoffs, Jamal Murray has 3 career 50-point games, the most in Nuggets history (must include playoffs for this note). Murray joins Bradley Beal (Jan. 6) as the only players with 20 points in the paint and 20 points from three-point range in a game this season. https://t.co/fm8eFrfuUf

It was the Murray and Michael Porter Jr. show in the first half, with Murray scoring 20 and MPJ adding 21 to give Denver a 69-50 halftime lead:

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MPJ (21 PTS) and Jamal (20 PTS) are going off in the first half 😤 https://t.co/s3wfg40iU2

Murray kept it going in the second half and even knocked down this off-balance three to give himself 43 points:

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JAMAL MURRAY IS ON FIRE. 43 PTS 🔥 https://t.co/Xsx4lft5Ej

He skied to the rim to put the exclamation point on his 50-point night:

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Murray's 50 was complemented by Porter's 22 points and Nikola Jokic's 16-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist, four-steal outing.


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