Cavaliers lose ninth straight

CLEVELAND — Jamal Murray scored a career-high 50 points, All-Star starter Nikola Jokic had a triple-double and Denver adjusted to a schedule change by handing Cleveland its ninth straight loss in a matchup hastily arranged by the NBA due to COVID-19.

Murray hardly missed, making 21 of 25 shots, including 8 of 10 3-pointers. He didn’t attempt a free throw. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the first player in league history to score 50 or more points without shooting a free throw. With the Cavs still hanging around in the fourth, Murray made three 3-pointers in 1:05 to push Denver’s lead to 21. Collin Sexton scored 23 points, and Jarrett Allen had 20 for Cleveland.


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