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Jamal Murray catches fire again, plus two more takeaways as the Denver Nuggets win 119-107 to force a Game 7

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Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray (27) celebrates with Michael Porter Jr. after an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Utah Jazz Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Nuggets won 119-107. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz dropped their second straight game as the Denver Nuggets forced a Game 7 with a 119-107 win. Here are three keys from the game.

Jazz-Nuggets playoff schedule

(3) Denver Nuggets

vs. (6) Utah Jazz

Game 1

Nuggets 135, Jazz 125 (OT)
Game 2

Jazz 124, Nuggets 105
Game 3

Jazz 124, Nuggets 87
Game 4

Jazz 129, Nuggets 127
Game 5

Nuggets 117, Jazz 107
Game 6

Nuggets 119, Jazz 107
Game 7

Nuggets 80, Jazz 78, Nuggets win series 4-3

  • Jamal Murray was fantastic again, as he has been all series, scoring 50 points. Murray was on fire from the start, scoring 25 points in the first half on 9-of-13 shooting. Murray continued to torch the Jazz in the second half, finishing 17-of-24 from the field to lead the Nuggets and forcing a winner-take-all Game 7.
  • Utah’s “blender” offense ground to a halt for much of the third and fourth quarters. The Jazz’s offensive ball movement was lacking in the second half.
  • The Jazz needed a lot more production than they got out of Royce O’Neale and Joe Ingles. O’Neal and Ingles combined for just 10 points. Donovan Mitchell was fantastic, scoring 44 points.