The Los Angeles Lakers tasted their first defeat against the Denver Nuggets in this conference finals. They lost 106-114 in a largely one-sided meeting. The LA-based franchise failed in the initial three quarters, while their heroics in the fourth could not do much either.
Jamal Murray totally stole the show with his play. His 30-feet dagger three-pointer from deep during the clutch moments became the talking point of the game. Both Alex Caruso and Anthony Davis failed to stop him from taking that extraterrestrial shot that closed the game for the Lakers.
Twitter bombarded with the Jamal Murray roar!
Even before the game could conclude, Twitter erupted with praises coming for Jamal from all sides. The man of the night got an overwhelming response from his fans and known NBA names alike. Let us have a look at some of those many-many tweets that paid heed to the maturing champion.
Jamal Murray is officially on my Steph Curry/Damian Lillard “when he’s on fire, only an asteroid hitting the earth can make me change the channel” list.
— Jawob Murray (@WorldWideWob) September 23, 2020
Jamal Murray when the Lakers took a 2-0 lead pic.twitter.com/zX9zGaDAKk
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) September 23, 2020
Jamal be hitting them fU shots 🤣 then shimmy down the court
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) September 23, 2020
WHAT?! Jamal Murray just clowned the Lakers with that ridiculously deep three.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 23, 2020
Jamal Murray can flat out hoop
— Meyers Leonard (@MeyersLeonard) September 23, 2020
Damn Jamal! 😤😤
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) September 23, 2020
Gah damn Mal
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) September 23, 2020
Even Lakers legend Magic Johnson could not stop himself from praising Jamal’s memorable performance as he said, “Denver’s star guard Jamal Murray’s back-to-back 3’s sealed the victory for the Nuggets and he finished with 28 points.” This, coming from a Lakers great himself, shows that the 23-YO Jamal has a glorious future ahead.
Denver’s star guard Jamal Murray’s back-to-back 3’s sealed the victory for the Nuggets and he finished with 28 points.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 23, 2020
Also, enjoy this court-side interview where an elated Jamal speaks about the electrifying moment.
“We just gotta keep fighting.”
Murray talks with @ALaForce after his clutch performance in Denver’s Game 3 W! pic.twitter.com/utXRxcyL4A
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 23, 2020
The Denver Nuggets will not keep it easy for the Lakers!
After the Lakers defeated the Nuggets in the first two games, fans dreamed about a 4-0 whitewash. But discounting this Nuggets side can be a mistake that even Danny Green said he won’t make.
For the Nuggets, one other name must receive some recognition and that is not Nikola Jokic. For sure, Nikola registered a double-double, but Jerami Grant really stood apart. Thanks to Jerami’s 26 points (63.6% FG), 3 rebs, 1 assist, and 2 steals, the Nuggets could dominate the game from the very beginning until the end.
The Lakers tried very hard in the final quarter, and almost succeeded, too. But Jamal’s clutch performance took everything away from them in a matter of minutes. Now, the Nuggets have a real chance to level the series in the next game as the pressure is shifted on the Lakers.