Jamal Murray needs to give this kid a signed jersey or something.
In the waining seconds of the Denver Nuggets-Boston Celtics game earlier this week, Murray broke one of the unspoken rules of the NBA when he shot the ball despite being up 115-107 in the final seconds. Later, Murray explained that he took the last-second shot in order to break 50 points (Murray would end with a career high of 48 points after missing the basket).
One of the many Celtics players that took exception to Murray’s late-game antics was Kyrie Irving. Irving was so upset with Murray’s lack of sportsmanship, he grabbed the ball and chucked it into the stands.
Even though he didn’t reach 50 points, Murray still wanted the game ball to commemorate his best scoring performance to date.
Luckily for the Kentucky product, the young Nuggets fan who was on the receiving end of Irving’s throw was more than happy to return the ball to Murray.
Since the incident with Boston, Murray has apologized for how he ended the game. It’s a good thing that he did that too, as the Celtics are one of the last teams that any player would want to provoke this season (just wait until Gordon Hayward gets going!).
Looking at the future, Murray against Celtics will be an interesting storyline to follow, especially when the Nuggets go to TD Garden in March.