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Jamal Murray beats Lakers at buzzer, Nuggets take series lead 2-0

Jamal Murray hit a 15-foot step-back jumper at the buzzer and the Denver Nuggets erased a 20-point second-half deficit to stun the Los Angeles Lakers 101-99 Monday night and take a 2-0 conference lead West. playoff series.

Murray’s game-winning goal gave the Nuggets their first lead since 5-3 in the opening minutes and gave the reigning NBA champions their 10th straight victory over the Lakers.

The series moves to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Thursday night.

Murray’s game-winning shot came after LeBron James missed his long-range shot with 16 seconds left and the game tied at 99.

Michael Porter Jr. grabbed the rebound with 13 seconds left and the Nuggets did not call a timeout.

Instead, Murray took the ball on the right side with Anthony Davis guarding him, stepped back and kicked the basket just as the buzzer sounded. Murray and Davis fell to the Nuggets bench as the roar of the sold-out crowd rocked Ball Arena.

Murray finished with 20 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and Nikola Jokic had a triple-double with 27 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists. Porter added 22 points and Aaron Gordon 14 for Denver.

Davis led the Lakers with 32 points, James had 26 and D’Angelo Russell added 23 with a career-high seven 3s in the playoffs.

The Lakers led 59-44 at halftime and increased their advantage to 68-48 two minutes into the second half.

Associated Press reporting.

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