Jamal Murray drops a regular-season career-high of 50 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers on insane 84% shooting from the field.
The Denver Nuggets were seen as the next team up after their commendable performance in the Playoffs last year. They came back from two 3-1 deficits in the first and second round, with the second being against the potential championship favorites Los Angeles Clippers.
Jamal Murray led the Nuggets throughout last year’s Playoffs, dropping 40+ like it was nothing. His duel against Donovan Mitchell in the first round saw him drop 50+ points twice.
Fast-forward to today and the Nuggets are just above being a middling team in the Western Conference, 1 game back from being out of the Playoffs. Jamal Murray has delved into being the same inconsistent player he’s been throughout his young career.
He has however, started to show flashes of ‘Bubble Murray’, especially last night.
Jamal Murray drops 50 points on insane efficiency
Jamal Murray returned to his Bubble self last night as he dropped 50 points and entered the history books in the process. Jamal’s 50 bomb is the most points scored without a single free throw attempt in a game.
Murray scored his 50 points on straight buckets as he did not head to the charity stripe a single time.
Jamal Murray finished 21-25 tonight, or 84% shooting.
According to @EliasSports that is tied for the 2nd-highest field goal percentage in a 50-point game in NBA history.
Wilt Chamberlain shot 87% in 1967. pic.twitter.com/miiQGJgkXL
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 20, 2021
He’s also the second player in NBA history to score 50+ points on 80% shooting from the field; the first person being Wilt Chamberlain of course. When your name appears next to a 1960s Wilt Chamberlain record, it should be a clear indication that you achieved something extraordinary.
2nd most efficient +50 point 84%game behind only wilt 87% !!!
— Anas aj (@Anas6Aj) February 20, 2021
The Nuggets point guard also shot 80% from beyond arc, going 8-10 from 3-point land. It’s safe to say that if Jamal Murray can keep putting up stats like this alongside Nikola Jokic, who’s putting up MVP type numbers, the Nuggets could make a lot of noise in the Playoffs once again.