Jamal Murray finishes with 36 points as Nuggets survive gripping overtime session in Game 1 win

Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray (27) goes up for a shot against Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson (00) during the first half of an basketball first round playoff game, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

In case there was any question whether playoff tension would translate to the bubble, Monday’s Game 1 between the Nuggets and the Jazz delivered with a resounding yes.

A gripping, dramatic opener turned into a riveting overtime affair that the Nuggets’ young stars weren’t going to lose. ripped the game from star Donovan Mitchell’s clutches, and poured in 10 points in the extra session to carry the Nuggets to a 135-125 victory.

“We’re growing accustomed to seeing that, from him and Nikola,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone. “Just a hell of a game.”

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