Scoring 50 points in a single game is a feat many basketball players aspire to reach, and during last night's matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets, Jamal Murray was looking to achieve it.
The Nuggets guard went off against the Celtics, aiding his team in a 115-107 victory. During the final seconds of the game, Murray, who ended with 48 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, attempted (but failed) to sink a three-pointer with hopes of adding his name to the highly esteemed 50-point club.
Kyrie Irving was not pleased with this act.
After Murray's failed shot attempt, Irving launched the game ball into the crowd, immediately showing his discontent. (To be clear, there is an unwritten rule in the NBA which dictates that, should the team with a considerable lead have possession of the ball in the final moments, the player should refrain from shooting.)
During a post-game interview, Irving had praise for Murray. "Congratulations to him, having 48 points," he said of Murray. "He did it in great fashion against us...he made us pay in certain instances of just making some tough shots and some tough layups."
However, Irving felt that Murray's last second shot was uncalled for, as he stated, "the ball deserves to go into the crowd after a bullshit move like that." He will reportedly be fined $25,000 for the action.
Murray, on the other hand, has a somewhat different opinion on the situation. "He knows I was trying to get 50. I didn't mean no harm," he said post-game. "I probably shouldn't have done that, but like I said, I was trying to get 50."