Ranking Jamal Murray’s 10 craziest buzzer beaters

Tony Nguyen | Denver Nuggets
May 18, 2024

Jamal Murray is arguably one of the most underrated guards in the NBA today. Although Murray has been short of season awards, the NBA champion comes alive in the NBA Playoffs, when winning matters the most.

Furthermore, Murray has been the perfect partner to pair up with the three-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic. With the duo showing fine form, the Nuggets are in a perfect position to succeed in their title defense as they attempt back-to-back championships. However, they’ll need to hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 7 on Sunday.

Not only does Murray provide some scoring, but he has also thrived in the clutch. Let’s rank Jamal Murray’s 10 craziest buzzer beaters.

10. The bank is open

Even when Murray got off-balanced, the bank was open for the Nuggets star. It was an emphatic way to end halftime against the Thunder. Many fans will agree that there aren’t a lot of players in the NBA that can shoot the ball like Murray when time is running out.

9. Making something out of nothing

In this sequence, the Los Angeles Clippers defense forced the Nuggets into a broken play. However, when Murray got the rock, the NBA champion was able to bail out his team with this crazy shot.

To make matters more interesting, this shot was over the outstretched arms of a 7-foot Ivica Zubac. Murray is only 6-foot-4.

8. Pull-up from the parking lot

With just over three seconds remaining on the shot clock, Murray had no choice but to pull up from the parking lot with a defender in front of him. Unfortunately for the Raptors, this was still Murray territory.

The shot ultimately sparked a Nuggets rally in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the Nuggets still fell short 114-110.

7. Tough defense, better shot over The King

The Nuggets pretty much swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2023 Western Conference Finals. This shot by Murray over LeBron James’ defense pretty much encapsulates the Nuggets’ dominance over the Purple and Gold.

James, whose considered to be one of the best defenders of all time, pretty much did everything he could. Unfortunately, Murray’s shot still found its way to the bottom of the net.

6. From the logo

It’s safe to say that Murray possesses limitless range. Even from the logo, Murray isn’t afraid to pull the trigger.

Coming off a loose ball, Murray had no choice but to attempt a shot from way downtown with the shot clock expiring. In dramatic fashion, the ball rolled around the rim before going into the hoop.

5. Off a Jokic pass

Murray certainly enjoys playing alongside Jokic. Even with a crazy quarterback pass by the Joker, Murray managed to receive it in time for a buzzer-beating shot against the San Antonio Spurs. There’s a big reason why Jokic and Murray are arguably the best duo in the NBA today.

4. Beating the first-quarter buzzer

When time is running out, it’s safe to say Murray loves to have the ball. Even when the Boston Celtics defenders swarmed him off an inbounds pass, Murray navigated through traffic like a champ before rattling in a fadeaway three at the buzzer to retake the lead for the Nuggets. Crazy enough, Murray’s shot was over two players in a Celtics uniform.

3. Heave from halfcourt

If you think logo shots are crazy, Murray took it to another level against the Timberwolves in Game 4 in the second round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs. Coming off a Michael Porter Jr. dunk, the Timberwolves got sloppy with Murray picking up a steal.

The Nuggets star made the most with what little time he had left by heaving up a Hail Mary shot from three-quarters of the basketball court. To the shock of NBA fans, Murray swished the long-range bomber.

2. Game-tying shot vs. Suns

Down by three, the Nuggets needed a crucial shot from beyond the arc to stay alive. With Murray creating for himself, an off-balance three found its way through the hoop to send the game to overtime. To make matters more interesting, Murray shot the 3-point field goal over a much bigger DeAndre Ayton.

The Nuggets capitalized on the opportunity by outlasting the Phoenix Suns in the extra period, 120-112. Murray finished the night with 26 points, six rebounds, and five assists.

1. Taking Game 2 over the Lakers

It’s safe to say that Murray loves to play against the Lakers. In fact, in Game 2 of the first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs, Murray capped off a wild Nuggets comeback by nailing his signature midrange step-back fadeaway over All-Star big man Anthony Davis.

Murray called game with the Nuggets taking a 2-0 series lead. It was the first of two game-winning buckets in the same series.