DENVER — Jamal Murray stepped to the free-throw line with 2.8 seconds remaining with just a few things at stake.

Another loss and Denver’s playoff hopes would take a near-fatal blow with just five regular-season games remaining. Missing the playoffs for a fifth consecutive year would surely bring changes of some kind to the Nuggets as currently constructed.

That’s a lot of pressure on a second-year point guard who just turned 21 in February.

But Murray stayed as cool as the other side of the pillow.

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Harrison Wind

Harrison Wind covers the Nuggets for BSN Denver. He grew up in Boulder, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado Boulder.