Nuggets' Murray dispatches ankle-breaking crossover vs. Thunders' Adams

Feb. 2 (UPI) — Jamal Murray showed off his dribbling skills with a very effective crossover against Steven Adams in the Denver Nuggets’ win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Nuggets left the Pepsi Center in Denver with a 127-124 victory, after getting a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer from Gary Harris.

Murray pulled off his best move with 4:32 remaining in the second quarter. The Kentucky product, known as a sharpshooter, dribbled out to the 3-point line after getting the ball in the paint under the Nuggets’ basket.

The Thunder’s 7-foot center made a poor decision to chase him out that far. Murray stopped on a dime, before deploying a between the legs dribble. He then did a hesitation dribble with his left hand, before tossing it back between his legs. Murray’s next move appeared to be another crossover, but his strong left-handed bounce made Adams think he was cutting to the basket.

Adams ducked down toward the paint with his left foot, but Murray stopped quickly and stayed behind the 3-point line. Adams legs crumbled from underneath his upper body as he was badly fooled by the deceptive dribble.

The Nuggets guard drained a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired, to give his team a 63-45 advantage.


Murray scored a team-high 33 points and had five assists in the win. Paul George had a game-high 43 points for the Thunder.

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