Jamal Murray defies LeBron James, laws of physics with Michael Jordan-esque lay-up

Jack Baer
·Writer
·2 min read

Jamal Murray’s onslaught in the 2020 NBA playoffs continued on Thursday with a layup that had to be seen — multiple times — to be believed.

Late in the second quarter of Game 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers, Murray caught the ball at the perimeter and started running downhill. A lurking LeBron James awaited Murray in the paint and seemed well-positioned to at least prevent the easy basket.

Murray responded with a much, much harder basket:

The spin Murray puts on the ball to get it to kiss up and in is what really makes it. Murray would finish the first half with a team-high 16 points and 4 assists.

Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray (27) scores past Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
How? (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Reminiscent of Michael Jordan?

The highlight quickly drew comparisons to another incredible move nearly 30 years ago, when a young Michael Jordan made his first iconic layup of the 1990-91 NBA season (the second occurred in the NBA Finals) against the New Jersey Nets.

This isn’t the first time Murray has heard his name in the same conversation as Jordan this postseason. For all we know, it might not be the last.

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