The NBA couldn’t have asked for a better game to open the 2020 playoffs with the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz going into overtime to decide a winner in this first-round matchup. Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray exchanged shots back and forth down the stretch, but ultimately Murray’s play in overtime carried the Nuggets to a 135-125 win and a 1-0 lead in the series.
Mitchell finished the game with 57 points, becoming the youngest player since Michael Jordan to put up 50-plus points in a playoff game. It appeared that the Jazz were in control for the majority of the second half, and looked like they would be able to put away this win. However, an All-Star effort from Murray forced overtime, and his play — as well as a meltdown for Utah in OT — became the deciding factor. Murray scored 10 of his 36 points in OT to secure the win for Denver, and finished the game just shy of a double-double with nine assists.
The 1-2 punch of Murray and Nikola Jokic proved to be too much for Utah, as the sweet-shooting 7-footer displayed his offensive versatility in the first half of the game, and finished the contest with 29 points and 10 boards. A wide open 3-pointer by Jokic with two minutes to go in overtime extended Denver’s lead to nine, essentially icing the game for the Nuggets.