Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone calls Jamal Murray a superstar after another key performance

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A 20-point lead for the Denver Nuggets fell to four with more than two minutes to go when Nikola Jokic handed the ball over to Jamal Murray.Murray backed up Alex Caruso on the 3-point line only to turn and break through a 3-step backward 3. On the next possession, Murray hit Paul Millsap for a dunk with a nice pass on two defenders. And then Murray sealed Tuesday’s third game of the Western Conference Finals with a 29-foot rainbow shot as Denver held on for a 114-106 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Now I know what I’m getting from Jamal every night,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “Last year we knew what we were getting from Nikola, but what kind of game Jamal would have. This is no longer the case.

“We have two superstars in Nikola and Jamal. ”

The Lakers arguably have two of the NBA’s top five players, Anthony Davis and LeBron James, who combined to score 57 points on Tuesday. But it was Murray who upped his crunch in Game 3, orchestrating an 8-0 run that came in the 2:17 final to hand the Lakers their first defeat of the Conference Finals.

LA leads the series 2-1.

Murray nearly matched James, who had a triple-double with 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. The Nuggets guard had 28 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds to help Denver bounce back after losing Game 2 to a crushing 3 beating by Davis.

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