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Jamal Murray career-high 48-points most by Canadian in NBA History

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Oh what night it was for Canadian point guard Jamal Murray.

The Kitchener, Ontario native etched his name in NBA history by scoring the most points by a Canadian in a regular season game with a massive 48-point eruption in an impressive 115-107 win over the highly touted Boston Celtics.

Murray’s career-high effort tied hall-of-famer, two-time NBA MVP and Canadian basketball legend Steve Nash’s 48-point effort in game five of the 2005 Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. Murray was unconscious all-night — scoring 14 straight points as the Nuggets trailed 34-19 in the first-quarter.  He added another 9 points in the second, 6 in the third and exploded for 19 in the fourth-quarter on 8-of-12 shooting alone. He finished the game 19-for-30 on field goals, connected on 3-of-11 triples and was perfect from the line, going 5-for-5 in 38 minutes of action.

In a somewhat controversial ending to the game, Murray attempted and missed two field goals in the last 17 seconds in a effort to reach the 50-point plateau. Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving didn’t appreciated Murray’s padding of the stats and tossed the historic game ball in the stands, much to the delight of a lucky Nuggets fan.

Rounding out the top scoring games by Canadians in the NBA is Andrew Wiggins 47-point game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Wiggins also holds the record most 40-point games by a Canadian with six, with all but one coming during his fourth season in 2016-17. By contrast Nash scored 40 or more points on three occasions in his illustrious 18-year career. This is Murray’s first 40-point game and judging by his early success it won’t be a surprise to anybody to see him reach the 40, 50-point plateau on a few more occasions.

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The Denver Nuggets are off to their best start since 1976 when they opened up the season with a 7-1 record and the win stretches their winning streak to five straight games and share at top of the standings. A tie for the best record in the league at 9-1 with the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors. Through ten (10) games Murray is averaging 16 points per game, 4.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists, all career-highs for the third-year guard.

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Miami Heat ink Canadian guard Mychal Mulder

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Miami Heat Ink Canadian Guard Mychal Mulder
Shoot your shot. Canadian Mychal Mulder inks with Miami Heat

The Miami Heat have signed Canadian guard Mychal Mulder (Windsor, Ont.) to a training camp deal.

Mulder averaged 8.8 points per game, 3.4 rebounds on 16-of-38 (42%) shooting in five games for the Chicago Bulls at the 2019 Las Vegas NBA Summer League. The Canadian guard had solid a 18-point, 4-rebound, 2 assists outing against Cleveland — knocking down 6-of-10 field goals and 3-of-6 triples.

The 6’4″ guard has spent the past two seasons sharpening his toolkit with the Windy City Bulls of the G-League. In 47 starts with Windy City — Mulder elevated his game from averaging 13.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists — knocking down 46.1 % of his (229/497) attempts.

Mulder went undrafted in 2017 after two seasons with the Kentucky Wildcats — appearing in 56 games and contributing 4.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 2016-17 — his final collegiate campaign under John Calipari.

The Miami training camp roster features three Canadian players. Six-year NBA veteran Kelly Olynyk, under-guaranteed contract returns for his third-season with the Heat. Recently undrafted 7-footer, Kyle Alexander (Milton, ON) also signed a training camp deal, and similar to Mulder are expected to join the Sioux Falls Skyforce — the Heat’s G-League affiliate team.

Mulder’s training camp deal brings a record total of 24 Canadian basketball players currently under contract with NBA teams — 16 guaranteed, with the remainder, a combination of non-guaranteed contracts ranging from two-way, exhibit 10 to training camp deals.

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Shaun Livingston Lived For His Career

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Shaun Livingston Lived For His Career
The Greatest Comeback Ever Told...

“I wasn’t supposed to be here”.

Shaun Livingston wasn’t even supposed to be still playing.

But boy did he.

He almost lost his leg.

But man he didn’t.

When Shaun Livingston entered the league as the fourth pick and a wide eyed kid with youthful exuberance above the rim in Hollywood. Him and the youngest Roc L.A. Familia (remember the classic SLAM cover?) crew of Elton Brand, Lamar Odom, Darius Miles, Corey Maggette and Keyon Dooling even took some of the bright lights of downtown L.A. from Shaq and Kobe of all dynamic duos from the basements of STAPLES. Arguably the most exciting Clippers team this side of Buffalo…yeah I said it Blake, Jordan and CP3…you too Kawhi and PG-13. It was an Iverson age of cornrows and tattoos. It was the generations hood to the storied Lake Show’s Hollywood history.

But then with a death of a dynasty a bunch of young Roc’s with the rock ended up all over the place too like State Property. The future of these young guns looked bleak like Memphis. Miles went to LeBron’s Land before the King. Elton ended up setting up his Brand in Philly. Whilst Odom went cross-court and stadium with the Lakers after a brief stint of talent in Miami when he was traded back to the bright lights and Kardashian city for Shaq.

But what happened to Shaun Livingston was so much worse.

With Charlotte as a Bobcat Shaun suffered a gruesome injury so bad it almost made Gordon Hayward’s opening night one look like a sprain…almost. Lets not front for the funny that injury was so bad and his comeback story so good too ’till this playing day.

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But no comeback story in this league is greater than Livingston’s, living for his career.

He almost lost his leg. Instead doctors saved it and then through the hardest of work and the most powerful perseverance Shaun saved his career…and then made it even better. And he could even still catch a few above the rim.

Number 34 ended up back in California with the Golden State Warriors via a comeback in the B.K. with the Brooklyn Nets. Out in The City of Oak Town he ended up winning three championships and going to two more finals before calling it a career yesterday and feeling “sad, fortunate and grateful” in his retirement. He was microwave more than just a super sub alongside legendary Sixth Man Finals MVP Andre Igudola (also gone this off-season with some guy name Kevin). He was an integral player to the dynasty influence that showed the Dubs were more than just the Splash Brothers of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson or Draymond and Durant. His jersey belongs up there in the new state of the art arena in San Francisco across the Golden Gate although his legend and legacy will always tram remain in the Golden State of Oakland, as the Warriors look to maybe Six Man legend Jamal Crawford to replace in joining big signing D’Angelo Russell in backing up the backcourt.

Now that’s what I call a true Warrior King.

Don’t call it a comeback unless it’s like this.

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