Jamal Murray and Donovan Mitchell’s Epic Scoring Duel Is Heading to Game 7

Murray and the Nuggets will take on Mitchell and the Jazz in the NBA bubble's first Game 7

Jamal Murray-Donovan Mitchell Duel Heading to Game 7
Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz goes up for a shot as Jamal Murray of the Nuggets defends.
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Thanks to Denver’s 119-107 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night, the most entertaining on-court duel in the NBA’s bubble will head to its final act in a winner-take-all Game 7 on Tuesday.

In Denver’s win, Jamal Murray was able to outshine Donovan Mitchell as he went for 50 points while the Utah guard only had 44 for the Jazz. Now, both players have two games apiece where they’ve scored at least 50 points. They join Michael Jordan (1988) and Allen Iverson (2001) as the only two players in NBA history to have multiple 50-point games in a series.

During Sunday’s game, Murray, who scored 21 of his 50 points in the fourth quarter, wore custom sneakers with images of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor on them.

“These shoes mean a lot. In life, you find things that hold value to you, things to fight for, and we found something worth fighting for as the NBA — as a collective unit,” Murray said. “These shoes give me life.”

For the series, Murray is averaging 34 points per game while shooting 58.5 percent from the field and 57.4 percent from 3-point land. On the other side, Mitchell is averaging 38.7 points on 54.8 percent shooting from the field and 55.4 percent from deep.

They will go do battle one more time on Tuesday night, and the winner will go on to take on the Los Angeles Clippers, who eliminated the Mavericks in Game 6 of their series behind Kawhi Leonard’s 33 points and 14 rebounds earlier on Sunday. Also, the Celtics beat the Raptors 112-94 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The playoffs roll on today with Game 1 between the Bucks and Heat and Game 6 between the Rockets and Thunders (Houston leads OKC 3-2 in the series).

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