Nuggets force Game 7 be­hind Mur­ray’s 50

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The Jamal Mur­ray-Dono­van Mitchell duel will be set­tled in the first Game 7 in the NBA bub­ble in Orlando, Florida.

Mur­ray con­tin­ued his tor­rid run by scor­ing 50 points, in­clud­ing nine three-point­ers, to lead the Nuggets to a 119-107 vic­tory Sun­day against the Jazz and square the first-round series at 3-3. Game 7 is sched­uled for Tues­day.

Mur­ray, who has scored 142 points in his last three games, had his sec­ond 50-point game of the series to equal Jazz star Mitchell, who fin­ished with 44 and matched Mur­ray’s nine three-point­ers in this one.

Be­fore Mur­ray and Mitchell, Michael Jor­dan and Allen Iver­son had been the only play­ers to notch mul­ti­ple 50-point games in an en­tire post­sea­son.

Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points and grabbed 14 re­bounds, and the Clip­pers elim­i­nated Luka Don­cic and the Mav­er­icks with a 111-97 tri­umph for a 4-2 vic­tory their firstround series.

Don­cic capped a su­perb first post­sea­son with 38 points, nine re­bounds and nine as­sists, keep­ing the game in­ter­est­ing into the fourth quar­ter even while play­ing with­out in­jured team­mate Kristaps Porzingis (knee).

Jayson Ta­tum and Mar­cus Smart each scored 21 points, Kemba Walker added 18 points and 10 as­sists and the Celtics never trailed on the way to drub­bing the Rap­tors 112-94 in Game 1 of their East­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal series.

STAN­LEY CUP PLAY­OFFS Stars push Avalanche to brink

Radek Faksa had a goal and two as­sists, John Kling­berg added a goal and an as­sist and the Stars scored three times in a 4oeminute span of the first pe­riod be­fore hold­ing off the Avalanche 5-4 to open a 3-1 lead in their Western Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal series in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta.

Brock Nel­son scored twice, Thomas Greiss made 36 saves and the Is­lan­ders took a 3-1 lead in their East­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal series with a 3-2 vic­tory against the Fly­ers in Toronto.

SOC­CER Real Salt Lake owner to sell teams

Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen will sell his soc­cer teams in the wake of re­ports that he made racist com­ments, Ma­jor League Soc­cer com­mis­sioner Don

Gar­ber an­nounced. Hansen owns the MLS club, the Utah Roy­als of the Na­tional Women’s Soc­cer League and the Real Mon­archs of the United Soc­cer League.

MLS and the NWSL had said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing Hansen after a re­port Fri­day in The Ath­letic quoted for­mer em­ploy­ees and oth­ers who said Hansen had made racist state­ments and used a racial slur.

MIS­CEL­LA­NEOUS Virus puts French player out of U.S. Open

Mul­ti­ple out­lets re­ported French ten­nis player Benoit Paire tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus and was re­moved from the U.S. Open field. Paire — who was seeded 17th — is the first player to test pos­i­tive ahead of the Grand Slam tour­na­ment, which be­gins Mon­day in New York with­out spec­ta­tors.

Lewis Hamil­ton led from start to fin­ish to win the Bel­gian Grand Prix in Spa-Fran­cor­champs for his 89th ca­reer For­mula One vic­tory, two be­hind Michael Schu­macher’s series record. Hamil­ton beat Mercedes team­mate Valt­teri Bot­tas to the fin­ish line by eight sec­onds.

†Mul­ti­ple out­lets re­ported LSU ju­nior Ja’Marr Chase, con­sid­ered the top re­ceiver in the coun­try en­ter­ing the 2020 sea­son, has de­cided to forgo this sea­son and en­ter the NFL Draft next spring. LSU didn’t im­me­di­ately con­firm the news.

KEVIN C. COX/GETTY IM­AGES

The Nuggets’ Jamal Mur­ray glides in for two of his 50 points Sun­day against the Jazz in Game 6 of their firstround play­off series.

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