For the second time this year, Jamal Murray outplayed Lonzo Ball at home to lead his Denver Nuggets to victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. And for the second time in a row, Murray got under the skin of Ball and the rest of the Lakers.
Back on December 2, the Nuggets point guard hung 28 points on Los Angeles, capping a 15-point shellacking by dribbling the ball around his counterpart as the game came to a close.
The Lakers didn’t take kindly to Jamal Murray dribbling around Lonzo to end the game. pic.twitter.com/bGBPiQy5nq
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 3, 2017
After intercepting a Ball pass to help ice the Nuggets’ 125-116 win on Friday, Murray appeared to impart some choice trash to either Ball or Luke Walton, pissing the head coach right off.
Murray finished with 22 points and eight assists. Lonzo had 15 and eight.
“We remembered it,” Ball said after the game of Murray’s actions in December. “It’s a punk move. But like I said, we’re not going to get into it. [Murray will] do whatever he’s going to do.”
He added: “I don’t know, I don’t really worry about Jamal Murray. Like I said, ain’t nobody worried about him.”
Walton also expressed frustration.
“I felt like for the second time we played here, Murray’s been a little disrespectful at the end of the game,” the Lakers coach said.
Murray, from his permanent residence inside the Lakers’ head, told reporters he didn’t really care what the opposition thought.
“I can’t control what the other team’s gonna feel,” he said. “I’m just gonna go out there and hoop, and whoever takes it to heart and takes their losses salty, I can’t do anything about that.”