The Denver Nuggets stormed into the NBA Finals on Thursday night and secured a big Game 1 win.
Jamal Murray was a major part of that.
Murray posted 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 10 assists during his first Finals appearance, nearly leading his team in points.
It was his sixth straight game of 25 points or more, an impressive feat, especially in the playoffs.
Following the victory, Murray spoke with Showtime’s Rachel Nichols about what he’s done to stay so hot for so long.
“Just play my game and trust my game. You know, I’ve been doing it for 25 years now,” Murray said, adding that he’s “not playing shy.”
“I’m not playing shy.” Jamal Murray explains how he’s stayed so hot through the teeth of these playoffs – last night marked his sixth straight game scoring 25 or more. @shobasketball pic.twitter.com/oGx4I7nrIi
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 2, 2023
He has definitely been the opposite of shy lately.
In fact, Murray has looked like a player who knows he is coming close to making Nuggets history.
If Murray is able to win his first Finals, it’ll cap off an amazing comeback year.
He missed all of last season with a very serious ACL injury and some people weren’t sure how well he’d do in 2022-23.
Murray had to shake off some rust at the start of the season, often scoring single digits in games as he found his rhythm again.
That rhythm is clearly back in a big way – and at the most perfect time.
Murray may not be the most consequential player on his team, even with his six consecutive 25-point games.
Being the second-best player behind Nikola Jokic just goes to show how deep this Nuggets roster is.
Murray is going to continue to stay focused and believe in his game.
That could lead him and his Nuggets to their first-ever Finals victory.NEXT: Tracy McGrady Gives His Honest Opinion About Nikola Jokic