NBA: Murray, Embiid both score 50 pts in wins

London, Feb 20 (Agencies/AP) | Publish Date: 2/20/2021 11:23:36 AM IST

Jamal Murray became the first NBA player to score 50 points in a game without attempting a free throw as the Denver Nuggets got the better of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Murray sank 21 of his 25 shots - including eight out of 10 from three-point range - in the 120-103 win, BBC reported.

There was also a 50-point career-high haul for Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid against the Chicago Bulls.

He also had 17 rebounds, five assists and four blocks in the 112-105 win.

Murray, who scored 50 points in two playoff games last season, surpassed his previous regular-season high of 48 points from November 2018.

“Once I saw a few go down it just took off from there,” said Murray.

“It’s kind of cool to make history. It’s a cool stat.”

All Star Embiid made 17 from 26 from the field and 15 out of 17 free throws as he surpassed the 49 points he scored against the Atlanta Hawks last February.

“My team-mates found me. I am pretty happy about what we did,” said the Cameroonian.

“I have got to get the job done. That’s my job, that’s why they pay me.”

Suns 132, Pelicans 114

Meanwhile, according to AP report, Chris Paul had 15 points and a season-high 19 assists, leading an 11-point, fourth-quarter comeback in Phoenix’s victory over New Orleans.

Paul, who rose to stardom with New Orleans after being drafted fourth overall in 2005, appeared to be gesturing that he owned the arena after hitting a step-back three that gave Phoenix a 118-107 lead with less than five minutes to go. The Suns outscored the Pelicans 41-12 in the final quarter.

Paul’s decisive three, his third of the game, was one of 22 the Suns hit in 39 attempts (56.4%). Jae Crowder hit six threes on his way to 20 points, and Frank Kaminsky hit five threes for the bulk of his 17 points. Devin Booker scored 23 points to help the Suns rebound from a tough home loss to Brooklyn to win for the 10th time in 12 games.

Brandon Ingram scored 25 points for the Pelicans, and Zion Williamson added 23. They’ve lost five of six.

Magic 124, Warriors 120

Nikola Vucevic had 30 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for his third career triple-double, and Orlando overcame a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Golden State.

Vucevic made two free throws with 16 seconds left to put the Magic ahead 123-120 after Warriors star Stephen Curry hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final minute.

Curry missed an off-balance three-pointer from 27 feet with five seconds left that could have tied it. He finished with 29 points, 11 assists and six rebounds. Golden State was trying to win three straight games for the first time this season, but it failed to get past two in a row for the seventh time.

Evan Fournier scored a season-high 28 points for Orlando, and Terrence Ross had 24 points and four three-pointers. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 26 points for Golden State.


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