Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Kyrie Irving calls Jamal Murray’s attempt at 50 points ‘BS’

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray during the second half against the Utah Jazz at the Pepsi Center Murray drops career-high 48 points in win over Celtics
Rita Gibson | 07 November, 2018, 08:46

Murray's career night led the Denver Nuggets (9-1) past the visiting Boston Celtics 115-107, and the 21-year-old star guard conceded that his emotions led to the unwritten no-no.

Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association for throwing a ball into the stands after Boston's 115-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Kyrie and the Celtics didn't take too kindly to the shot, so Irving decided he wouldn't give Murray the satisfaction of keeping the ball. "He did it in a great fashion".

"What kind of competitor wouldn't it bother?" he snapped. He was the primary concern tonight and he made us pay in certain instances of making some tough shots and some tough layups.

Most players don't get many opportunities to put a 50 in the box score, so the 22-year-old Murray decided to make the most of his chance as the clock wound down. Irving said after the game, via NBC Sports Boston."I understand if we fouled him, going to the free-throw line". Naturally, the Celtics star launched the ball into the crowd where Murray would never have the chance to recover it and commemorate his incredible night.

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This isn't the first time Murray's landed himself in some hot water at the end of a sure Nuggets win.

At that time, Murray faced similar criticism from Ball and Lakers coach Luke Walton and after Monday's game he referenced that incident with the Lakers last season in regards to his 48-point eruption.

"I think my emotions took over, as it normally does". I just had it in my mind I was going for 50.

"I really wasn't meaning no disrespect".

Murray entered Monday night ranked fourth on the team in points at 15.7 per game.

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