Jamal Murray makes NBA history with dramatic shots in series win over Lakers

Jamal Murray (All-Pro Reels, Wikimedia Commons)

Jamal Murray of Kitchener, Ontario had a historic first round of the 2024 National Basketball Association playoffs for the Denver Nuggets against the Los Angeles Lakers. According to Matthew Huff of The Sports Daily on Monday, Murray became the first player in NBA playoff history to have two game-winning shots with five seconds or less in a single playoff series.

Murray accomplished the feat first in game two on April 22 in a 101-99 Nuggets win over the Lakers. He recorded the 52nd postseason buzzer beater in NBA history as the shot made was from 15 feet. Murray then made a 14 foot jump shot on Monday in a 108-106 win over the Lakers with four seconds left to break a 106-106 tie. With the win, the Nuggets won the first round series four games to one.

In game five on Monday, Murray scored 32 points. He made 13 of 28 field goals, five of 10 three-pointers and one free throw.

Murray is one of four Canadians averaging 10 points or more in the postseason. He has 23.6 points per game. The others are Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Toronto, Ontario (27.3 points per game), Thunder shooting guard Luguentz Dort of Montreal, Quebec (11 points per game), and Indiana Pacers point guard Aaron Nembhard of Aurora, Ontario (13.8 points per game).

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