Michael Malone Jamal Murray
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Jamal Murray scored team-high 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 4 assists as he led the Nuggets past the Clippers (115-103).

After the game the 25-year-old point guard receive praise from his head coach Michael Malone, who emphasized the importance of Murray’s defense.

“Jamal Murray is more than a scorer. Jamal Murray is a complete basketball player,” Malone said. “And when he plays like he’s played recently — when he’s scoring, he’s rebounding, he’s playmaking, and most importantly, he’s defending — now he’s a guy that should be given All-Star recognition because he’s impacting the game in so many different ways.

“And that’s been my challenge to him all along. Let’s get back to playing at a high level on every facet. And he’s been doing it. So you have to give him a ton of credit.”

This season Murray is averaging 18.6 points, 4 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 31.8 minutes per game.