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Murray became the first NBA player ever to reach 50 points in a contest without getting to the foul line. He sank 21 of 25 shots, including 8 of 10 from three-point range, and he added six rebounds, Reuters reported.
Murray’s point total eclipsed his previous regular-season career high of 48 points, set in the Nuggets’ 115-107 win over the Boston Celtics on Nov. 5, 2018. He did score 50 in two playoff games against the Utah Jazz last season.
Michael Porter Jr. scored 21 of his 22 points in the first half and Nikola Jokic celebrated his 26th birthday by collecting 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Nuggets. Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 23 points, and Jarrett Allen added 20 points and 10 boards.
76ers 112 Bulls 105
Joel Embiid scored a career-high 50 points to go along with 17 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots as host Philadelphia defeated Chicago.
Embiid was 17 of 26 from the field and 15 of 17 from the free-throw line as he surpassed the 49 points he scored against the Atlanta Hawks on Feb. 24, 2020. Tobias Harris added 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Sixers.
It was Philadelphia’s second win in succession without Ben Simmons, who sat due to a stomach illness. Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 30 points.
Clippers 116 Jazz 112
Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points to lead Los Angeles over visiting Utah, snapping the Jazz’s nine-game winning streak.
Lou Williams added 19 points and Marcus Morris chipped in 17 off the bench for the Clippers. Patrick Beverley also scored 17. Paul George added 15 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points to lead Utah, which lost for just the second time in the past 22 games. Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 points, and Jordan Clarkson contributed 19.
Bucks 98 Thunder 95
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and grabbed 19 rebounds as Milwaukee beat visiting Oklahoma City to snap a five-game losing streak. The Bucks haven’t lost six consecutive games since March 2015, Antetokounmpo’s second year in the league.
Milwaukee’s 98 points were its second lowest of the season, the second night in a row the Bucks were held under 100. However, the Bucks held an opponent under 90 points for the first time all season.
Luguentz Dort led the Thunder with 17 points, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 14.