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

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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