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.