It appeared that the season may be over for the Denver Nuggets for much of Tuesday night’s Game 5 against the Utah Jazz. Utah had a 15-point lead at one point in the fourth quarter.

But Nuggets guard Jamal Murray went off, scoring 33 points of his 42 in the second half, to lead Denver to a season-saving 117-107 win.

Murray got it done in a variety of ways offensively (and had zero turnovers), and the most incredible play was this dribble-drive and 360 layup in the third quarter:

And star big man Nikola Jokic added 31 points for Denver, including 7-of-11 on threes.

The Nuggets are a very talented team that some evaluators thought could pose a threat to teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers in a playoff series, so it would’ve been an extreme disappointment for this team to have a first-round playoff exit in just four games.

Denver will look to even up the series in Game 6 on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET in the Orlando bubble.

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