The Cavaliers(10-20) finally were able to get back home after an 0-5 west coast trip, but unfortunately for them, it did not matter. The Cavs fell to the Denver Nuggets 120-103 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Cleveland has now lost nine straight games.
Friday’s win for Denver(16-13) was all about Jamal Murray, who shot 21-25 from the field, including 8-10 from three-point range to score a regular-season career-high 50 points. According to the Denver Nuggets, Murray became the first player in NBA history to have 50-plus points, 8-plus threes, and 80-plus field goal percentage in a single game in NBA history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Murray also became the first player to score 50 points without a one free throw attempt.
“I was just making my shots,” Murray said after the game. “It’s kind of cool to make history. It’s a cool stat.”
Cavaliers Jarrett Allen, who scored 20 points and 10 rebounds on Friday night, added about Murray: “It was like we were back in the bubble. He only missed only four shots, and one of them was from half-court… Kudos to him for being locked in and just going crazy on us.”
Cleveland had no answers for Murray, and according to their head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, Murray just had one of the nights.
“He made some difficult shots,” Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said after the game. Contested, challenged shots. Guys in this league have nights like this, and we seen this from him before.”
The last time these two teams played, Cleveland was blown out 133-95, but despite Murray’s play on Friday night, the Cavaliers battled, which pleased Bickerstaff.
“I thought we competed. We made some mistakes, obviously,” Bickerstaff said. “But, I did think we competed for the majority of the night, so that’s a step in the right direction.”
Cleveland showed fight on Friday night and played hard throughout the whole game, but sometimes you run into teams and players that are rolling, and Murray just had one of those nights. They have three games left on their four-game homestand, and they get back at it on Sunday night against the Thunder.
Nikola Jokic recorded a triple-double for Denver on Friday night with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Collin Sexton led the way for the Cavs with 23 points.