The Nuggets cool down the Jazz in Overtime, 135-125
Orland- Despite Donovan Mitchell scoring 57 points, the Denver Nuggets' defense staggered the Utah Jazz in overtime, 135-125.
With under .10 seconds left in regulation, a tie game, and the Nuggets with the ball to win the game, Denver drew up a perfect play. Jamal Murray was on fire, so the Jazz tried to double team him, losing sight of the trailer Nikola Jokic'. Jokic had an easy path to the basket with no defenders guarding him, but could not hit the wide-open lay-up as time expired.
In overtime, the Nuggets' defense caused four turnovers and made it difficult for the Jazz to get quality shots down the stretch. Murray and Monte' Morris torched the Jazz, hitting a combined of nine points in overtime to stretch out their lead. Utah attempted to get their offense going, but sputtered, as Murray and the Nuggets survive a scare in their first game in the series. The Nuggets shot around 53% from long range, while the Jazz shot around 34%.
After the game, Murray was asked about the Jazz and how they made the game competitive and Murray was excited and praised Mitchell for scoring 57 points. "It was a competitive game. We got the stops that we needed, but D, 57 men. Come on man, 57," said Murray during a post-game interview. Mitchell scored the third-most points in an NBA Playoff game.
Murray finished the game with 36 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds.
Mitchell finished the game with 57 points, 7 assists, and 9 rebounds.