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Nuggets’ Jamal Murray stuns NBA Twitter with Michael Jordan-esque layup vs. Lakers

Was Nuggets guard Jamal Murray watching “The Last Dance” prior to Game 4 against the Lakers?

In the second quarter of Thursday night’s Western Conference finals contest, Murray drove right down the middle of the lane and took off toward the rim. He appeared to be in trouble when Lakers forward LeBron James arrived ready to reject Murray’s shot attempt, but the 23-year-old executed a ridiculous up-and-under that brought the Denver crowd — well, it would have brought the Denver crowd to its feet under normal circumstances.

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The spectacular finish made NBA Twitter go crazy, and some even compared Murray’s move to Michael Jordan’s famous lefty layup against the Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals.

So who did it better: Murray or MJ? Here’s Jordan’s bucket, which is still beautiful on its thousandth view:

And here’s a side-by-side comparison:

Purely on degree of difficulty, Murray wins. He actually had a defender in the way. However, Jordan pulled that off in the NBA Finals on the way to his first championship. That’s part of what makes the moment so iconic.

One thing we can all agree on: Both highlights are really damn cool.

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