The Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder produced one of the best games of the season in a dramatic night at the Pepsi Center on Thursday night.
The Nuggets managed to secure a 127-124 win after a wild buzzer-beater from Gary Harris following a crazy back-and-forth between the two teams in the final minute.
Paul George tied the game for the Thunder with just one second left on the clock with a terrific step-back three-pointer but this left enough time for Harris to produce his heroics.
Nikola Jokic, one of the best passing big men in the league, showed off his incredible court vision by delivering a perfect cross-court inbounds pass to the shooting guard who freed himself from Russell Westbrook and knocked down the game-winner.
Harris was quickly mobbed by his teammates and it sent the crowd inside the arena into raptures.
The 23-year-old ended the game with 25 points and Jokic posted a huge triple-double of 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 14 assists.
But the leading scorer for Denver was Jamal Murray whose performance on the night should not be overlooked.
He poured in 33 points and made huge plays time and again down the stretch as he dueled with Westbrook in a fascinating point guard battle.
In the midst of the crazy contest, the Canadian also produced one of the highlight plays of the night from a hot first half where he went off.
In a mismatch against Steven Adams out on the three-point line, Murray took full advantage and embarrassed the Thunder big man.
He dipped into his bag of tricks and floored the New Zealander with a nasty crossover dribble before nailing a step-back three-pointer.
It was close to the Nuggets bench and as you'd expect, they produced a terrific reaction as they all got off their seats.
Adams' ankles may never be the same after this humiliating move by Murray.
It capped off a season-high 72 points in the first half for Denver as they were red-hot as a team, led by their young guard.
Overall, the 20-year-old shot 14-of-23 from the field and 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.
He's enjoyed a productive sophomore season in the league and has proven himself to be a reliable scorer.
In 51 games, he's averaging 16.6 points, 2.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.
The Kentucky product will get a chance to showcase his ball-handling ability at All-Star weekend as he was among the players selected to take part in the Skills Challenge on Thursday.
He's already become an important piece of the Nuggets offence and is hard to contain when he gets hot. The Colorado-based franchise may have a real star on its hands.News Now - Sport News