Jamal Murray Beats Halftime Buzzer With 55-foot Heave


After carefully keeping his feet in, Jamal Murray of Denver recovered Minnesota’s botched inbounds pass close to the sideline, rebalanced his body, and finished the first half with a 55-foot shot.

With a little more nudging from behind the half-court line, Murray ducked down to get his heave going. He then watched as the ball sailed straight toward the hoop and, swish!, struck a pose in front of the broadcast table.

The Nuggets sprinted over to mob their teammate and celebrated the 15-point lead they had taken at halftime on Sunday night in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series against the Timberwolves, as TNT announcer Kevin Harlan enthusiastically hailed the unbelievable make.

Murray gave the reigning champions quite the dagger there.

After Anthony Edwards’ 3-pointer cut the deficit to seven points, the Nuggets scored eight points in the final 20 seconds of the second quarter to stave off a home team comeback.

As Edwards drove into the lane following a 3-pointer by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, he lost possession of the ball. Michael Porter Jr met Nikola Jokic’s outlet pass with a fast-break slam. Then, following a valiant inbound of the ball by Nickeil Alexander-Walker for the Timberwolves in the direction of Jaden McDaniels, Murray swooped in to put the finishing touches to an outstanding first half for the Nuggets.

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