NBA World Reacts After Jamal Murray's Game-Winner Sinks Lakers in Game 5

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray / Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

For the second time in the first round playoff series, Jamal Murray sunk the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Denver Nuggets guard stepped up late in the fourth quarter once again, hitting a go-ahead shot with just a few seconds left on the clock to seal a 108–106 win over the Lakers and send LeBron James and company packing.

In a moment reminiscent of Game 2 of the series, Murray—who was questionable coming into the game with an injury—had the ball in his hands with the game on the line and delivered with a fadeaway mid-range jumper that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Murray hasn't shied away from the spotlight during the 2024 playoffs, hitting two big-time game-winners in the first round, and his clutch play has help set Denver up with a matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Western Conference semifinals.

His late-game theatrics had NBA fans mesmerized, and the basketball world was full of praise for Murray after his second game-winner of the series.

Karl Rasmussen


Karl Rasmussen is a writer on Sports Illustrated’s Breaking & Trending News Team. A University of Oregon alum, his work has appeared on 12up and ClutchPoints. He’s a loyal Tottenham, Jets, Yankees and Ducks fan.