The Utah Jazz are one win away from advancing to the Western Conference semi-finals after a thrilling 129-127 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 4.
There was no shortage of buckets in this one as Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray traded 50-point games, becoming the first opponents in NBA playoff history to score 50 points in the same game.
Mitchell put the Jazz on his back in Game 4, exploding for 51 points - his second 50-point game of the series.
The All-Star guard had an efficient night shooting the ball, going 15-of-27 from the field, including 4-of-7 from the 3-point line and 17-of-18 at the free-throw line.
He became just the third player in NBA playoff history to score 50 points twice in one post-season series, joining Michael Jordan in 1988 and Allen Iverson in 2001, per Elias Sports.
Mitchell took over down the stretch, scoring 18 points in the fourth quarter, knocking down big shot after big shot as the Nuggets couldn't contain him on the perimeter.
He's now averaging 39.5 points per game in the series!
walk that walk, Don pic.twitter.com/UDdmcDvrzC- utahjazz (@utahjazz) August 24, 2020
For every Mitchell bucket, Jamal Murray answered right back, recording a career-high of his own with 50 points.
Murray had a similarly efficient night to Mitchell, going 18-of-31 from the field and 9-of-15 from beyond the arc and 5-of-5 at the free-throw line, adding 11 rebounds and seven assists.
He joined Vince Carter and Allen Iverson as the only players in NBA playoff history to drop 50+ points with five or less free-throw attempts.
Nikola Jokic added 29 points for the Nuggets - including three dunks!!
🚨 JOKER DUNK 🚨 pic.twitter.com/LBgwUQX1t0- Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) August 24, 2020
In a game decided by two points, every possession counts and for the Nuggets, their inability to get to the free-throw line through the series isn't helping.
They're averaging just 17.3 free throws per game and tonight they only shot 13 free throws, making 12 of them.
By comparison, the Jazz went 31-of-36 at the free-throw line, with Mitchell alone attempting more free throws than the entire Nuggets team.
After back-to-back blowout wins for the Jazz, Game 4 featured 12 lead changes and four ties in the first half alone, before the Jazz seized control in the third quarter, outscoring the Nuggets 33-24.
The Nuggets rallied in the fourth and cut the deficit to 109-108 with 4:02 remaining, before a pair of free throws from Mitchell after a clear-path foul. On the ensuing inbound, Mike Conley Jr hit a jumper to extend the lead to five.
The Nuggets cut the lead back down to 117-116 on a triple from Murray, but Mitchell answered right back with a 3-pointer of his own with 1:22 remaining, before he and Conley Jr. iced the game at the free-throw line.
Utah will look to put the series away in Game 5 when the two teams square off on Tuesday, August 25.
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