Jamal Murray scored 18 points in the Denver Nuggets victory over the Utah Jazz. Here is why it was better than his 19 point effort against the Portland Trail Blazers

Jamal Murray has had two tremendous games for the Denver Nuggets, showing why he was taken with the number seven pick in last years draft.

His game against the Utah Jazz had a stat line of 18 points, two rebounds, four assists, and one block. He had a sensational shooting night, going 6-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from both the three-point line and the free throw line.

So, the question is, why do I rate this higher than his 19 point/five rebound game against Portland? There are a few simple answers.

Firstly, Murray played well in a win against the Jazz, the Nuggets won by 14. His 19 point game against the Trail Blazers was in a seven point loss

Secondly, and something that would have affected the two results was Murray’s shooting. Against the Trail Blazers, Murray went 6-of-12 from the field. That is 50 percent, which is not a bad percentage to go at from the field. Against the Jazz he shot 6-of-8. He could barely miss and this equates to a shooting percentage of 75 percent.

From three Murray went 5-of-9 against the Trail Blazers. That is 55.6 percent. Again, that is an amazing number. His 3-of-4 against the Jazz is 75 percent which is simply incredible.

Thirdly is the number of turnovers committed. Against the Trail Blazers, Murray committed six turnovers. Against the Jazz he did not commit a single turnover.

Jamal Murray played out of his skin tonight, helping the Denver Nuggets beat a shorthanded Jazz. May we see many more games like this one