In case there was any question whether NBA 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. Jamal Murray ripped the game from Utah 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.”