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Denver Nuggets

Jamal Murray scores career-high 48 points in a win over the Boston Celtics

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Jamal Murray [NBA Getty Images]

Jamal Murray was feeling it on Monday night.

The Canadian scored a career-high 48 points on 19-for-30 shooting from the field and 5-for-11 from beyond the arc, also adding five rebounds and four assists to his totals. It's the most any Canadian has ever scored in the regular season and tied Steve Nash's 48-point performance in the 2005 playoffs.

The Denver Nuggets were trailing the Boston Celtics 34-19 after the first quarter in Monday night's game. Despite the 15-point deficit, Murray torched the Celtics for 14 of the Nuggets' 19 points shooting 6-for-7 from the field and 2-for-3 from deep in the first frame.

The rest of the team followed suit when Denver made their push in the second quarter, outscoring the Celtics 35-22 to trail by just two points going into the half at 56-54.

Murray had 23 points at the half on 10-for-14 shooting from the field, going back-and-forth with Kyrie Irving, who tallied 16 points in the first half. The Nuggets stayed hot in the third quarter behind a balanced scoring attack, taking an eight-point lead into the final quarter of play.

The Celtics went on a 9-3 run to start the fourth quarter to cut the Nuggets lead to one with just over nine minutes remaining. Then Murray went ballistic.

He scored all 19 of his fourth-quarter points in the final nine minutes of the game.

Up by two points with seven minutes remaining, Murray scored eight straight points for the Nuggets, including two 3-pointers. Boston didn't go down without a fight, but any time they got a bucket, Murray had a response.

He scored 14 of the Nuggets last 16 points down the stretch to advance the Nuggets to a 9-1 record, tying their best start in franchise history.

Murray is averaging 18.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.0 steals through Denver's first 10 games.

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