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Murray and Embiid record 50 points in the NBA

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La Jornada newspaper
Saturday, February 20, 2021, p. a31

The Angels. Jamal Murray and Joel Embiid each scored 50 points, career records, in the victories of the Nuggets and the 76ers in this Friday’s NBA game, in which the Clippers ended Utah’s nine-game winning streak.

In a historic landmark, Canadian Jamal Murray became the first player to reach 50 points without taking a single free throw.

The point guard made 21 of his 25 shooting from the field, including eight triples, and also added six rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Nuggets’ 120-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Murray, whose regular season record was 48 points but had already reached 50 twice in the playoffs, said after the clash that he did not know what mark he was reaching.

I was just making my shots. It is good to make history. That’s a great statistic, said the 23-year-old point guard.

The other star of the Nuggets, Serbian Nikola Jokic, had a triple-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and young Michael Porter Jr. added 22 points.

For the Cavaliers, who posted their ninth loss in a row, young point guard Collin Sexton led the offense with 23 points.

In turn, Cameroonian Joel Embiid had his highest scoring night in his five NBA seasons with 50 points (17/26 in shooting from the field), 17 rebounds, five assists, two steals and four blocks.

The recital of the pivot, whose previous best record was 49 points scored in February 2020 against the Atlanta Hawks, facilitated the victory of his Philadelphia 76ers against the Chicago Bulls by 112-105.

Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz, leaders of the West, saw the Los Angeles Clippers end their nine-game winning streak, the longest in the league, yesterday by beating them 116-112.

More results in the NBA: Orlando 124-120 Golden State, Boston 121-109 Atlanta, Memphis 109-95 Detroit, among others.