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Jamal Murray Just Found an Innovative Way to Make NBA History

Denver Nuggets star point guard Jamal Murray is just toying with the rest of the NBA at this point.

Murray, who turns 24 on February 23, has become one of the league’s top young players. Currently amid a career-best year, Murray just found an innovative way to make NBA history.

Jamal Murray had a historic 50-point scoring game

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently allowing fans at Quicken Loans Arena, which at least gave Jamal Murray a bigger audience to create history.

Murray scored a regular season-high 50 points in the Nuggets’ 120-103 victory on Friday, February 19. The 23-year-point guard scored 50 points in two playoff games against Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz last August.

Murray didn’t attempt a free throw in the Nuggets’ blowout victory. All 50 of his points came from the field; Murray went 21-for-25 in total and hit eight of his 10 three-point tries.

Murray became the first player in NBA history to score 50 points without attempting a single free throw. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Hakeem Olajuwon previously held the record at 48 points.

When the game ended, Murray had made 84% of his field goal tries. Only Wilt Chamberlain, who shot 87% from the field when he scored 53 points against the Seattle SuperSonics on Dec. 20, 1967, had a higher shooting percentage in a 50-point game.

Murray had one of the greatest 50-point games ever

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Jamal Murray made history beyond his lack of free throws against the Cavaliers.

According to the NBA’s official website, Murray became the first player to score at least 50 points and make eight 3-pointers while shooting at least 80% from the floor.

Murray joked in his postgame press conference that he “can shoot a little bit.”

“Once I seen a few go down, I just took off from there. I kind of mixed it up. I was able to get to the rim on them when they tried to change the coverage. And we got a lot of weapons — you can’t just flat out double me when I’m hot. You’ve got a Joker [center Nikola Jokic], who’s the MVP of the season; he’ll pick you apart, especially when he’s playing 4-on-3.”

Denver moved to 16-13 with the victory.

Jamal Murray also helped Nikola Jokic make history

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Jamal Murray’s excellent game also provided good news for star center Nikola Jokic.

Jokic scored 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, 10 assists, and recorded four steals in the Denver Nuggets’ victory. The two-time All-Star made history for other reasons, though.

Jokic scored 50 points against the Sacramento Kings on February 6. The duo of Jokic and Murray became only the fifth pair of teammates to reach 50 points on the road in the same season.

Harden is the only player on that list who reached at least 50 points on the road multiple times that season. The legendary scorer did it four times last season. 

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