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Dejounte Murray sinks Celtics with 44 points on 44 shots, including game winner: ‘Kobe would be proud’

It wasn’t efficient.

But Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray sank the Boston Celtics on Thursday night with a 44-point effort, including the game-winner in the final second of overtime, to secure the 123-122 victory. The shot matched his number of field goals and his point total, as he needed 44 field goal attempts to reach the high number.

Atlanta started its final possession trailing 122-121 after Jaylen Brown secured the Celtics’ lead with a jumper at the other end. Murray took the inbounds pass at halfcourt and faced one-on-one coverage from five-time All-Defensive Team guard Jrue Holiday.

He dribbled to the top of the key and then stopped in front of a jumper with Holiday’s hand in his face. The go-ahead bucket sank through the net with 0.1 seconds left on the clock.

The shot marked a career high for Murray, who was taken over as Atlanta’s leading option while Trae Young was sidelined with a finger injury. The Hawks improved to 34-39 and moved within one game of the Chicago Bulls for ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Murray’s 44 shot attempts were the seventh most in an NBA game since 1984 and the most since Russell Westbrook attempted 44 shots in 2016.

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Murray finished the game with 44 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals. He shot 18 of 44 from the floor, including 6 of 19 from three-point range. He hit both free throws. He scored all of Atlanta’s eleven overtime points.

Dejounte Murray hits a game-winner against five-time All-Defensive team guard Jrue Holiday.  (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Dejounte Murray hits a game-winner against five-time All-Defensive team guard Jrue Holiday. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

‘Kobe would be proud’

Murray said after the game that he would have preferred fewer shots, but that the late Kobe Bryant would be proud.

“I still feel like I played terribly,” Murray said. “I don’t want to take that many shots. But I know Kobe would be proud of me.”

Murray continues to cook

Since Young went down with a finger injury on Feb. 23, Murray has averaged 28.1 points per game, raising his already career-high scoring average to 22.4. He has now surpassed 44 points in three of the 17 games since Young’s injury. He has scored 28 points or more in four of his last five games.

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The Hawks have gone 10-7 in that span as they fight to stay in the NBA play-in. Barring a collapse, they will make it through, with Thursday’s win extending their lead over the 11th-place Brooklyn Nets to six games in the standings. Young, meanwhile, has no timeline for returning. The Hawks hope he can be back in time for the play-in.

The loss didn’t matter much to the Celtics. They have the best record in the NBA at 57-16 and are already the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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