Orlando, September 23: Denver Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray believes his team should be 2-1 up in their best-of-seven series with Los Angeles Lakers after a devastating Game 2 defeat.
Murray starred with 28 points, 12 assists and two late three-pointers to earn the Nuggets a 114-106 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals in Florida.
That hard-fought victory came on the back of a buzzer-beating loss in Game 2, which saw Anthony Davis hit a last-gasp three-pointer to win it for the Lakers.
But having also showed real character to outlast the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals, Murray is determined to peg back the Lakers at 2-2 on Thursday.
"We had Game 2. I thought we played great in Game 2, we just had a couple of moments that really hurt us," he told reporters. "So we feel like we should be up 2-1 right now."
"We have to move on to Game 4 now. In the Clippers series we dropped Game 3, so we have to take care of stuff that we can control. We've got to do that if we want to win."
The Lakers entered the game on a six-game winning run and closed to within three points of Denver in the final quarter, only for their opponents to pull away.
"We're in this series," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said after the vital win.
"We let them know we're not going anywhere. That's what you guys have done this whole post-season.
"That's why everybody is rooting for us. Keep on showing that grit and resilience and playing for each other."
James led the Lakers with a 26th career triple-double, which included 30 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, but the Lakers star conceded the better team won on the day.
"We turned the ball over too much and we put them on the free-throw line," he said.
"I give credit where credit is due. They played better than us. They were more aggressive than us for three quarters."