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Kyrie Irving throws ball into stands, blasts Jamal Murray for trying to score 50 points at buzzer vs. Celtics

John Tomase
November 06, 2018 - 12:31 am

It turns out basketball has some unwritten rules, too, and Kyrie Irving believes Jamal Murray violated one of them on Monday night.

Murray was a monster in Denver's 115-107 victory, scoring a career-high 48 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter when the Nuggets pulled away. Besides giving them up, Irving had no problem with Murray's first 48 points. What he didn't like was Murray's uncontested 3-pointer at the buzzer, when he could've been dribbling out the clock, in an attempt to reach 50.

Irving demonstrated his frustration by flinging the ball into the stands after the final buzzer while Murray threw up his arms and grimaced, appearing to ask, "Are you kidding me?"

"The ball deserves to go in the crowd after a (expletive) move like that," Irving told reporters in Denver, "so I threw it in the crowd."

Irving, who led the Celtics with 31 points while making a series of acrobatic drives, fadeaways, and 3-pointers, was asked if Murray's attempted 3 bothered him.

"What kind of competitor wouldn't it bother?" Irving responded. "I understand if we fouled him, going to the free throw line. I don't want to make a big deal out of it. Obviously I was pissed off at the game, but it's time to decompress and move on. Congratulations to him on scoring 48 points. He did it in a great fashion against us. Our defense has to be better, especially agaisnt a player like that in the pick and roll. He was a primary concern tonight and he made us pay in certain instances of just making some tough shots and some tough layups."

Murray, the No. 7 pick in the 2016 draft, entered the game averaging 15.7 points a night. He helped the Nuggets overcome an 18-point deficit in the first half to dispatch a Celtics team that missed 20 of its final 24 3-pointers.

"No disrespect to the Boston organization, the Boston fans for that last shot," Murray told reporters. "I just had it in my mind I was going for 50. I think everybody kind of understood that's what I was trying to do. I really wasn't meaning no disrespect. I know half the team over there, so no hard feelings. It was just a fun game and my emotions took over and I was looking for that ball each time down the court. I think coach called a play for Joker (Nikola Jokic) and I pulled up for 3 and they called a timeout. It was just, my emotions took over and that's how I get sometimes when I get going."

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