Livescore Tuesday, April 23

It wasn’t efficient.

But Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray sunk the Boston Celtics Thursday night with a 44-point effort including the game-winner in the final second of overtime. The shot matched his field-goal tally with point total as he needed 44 field-goal attempts to reach the lofty total.

Atlanta started its final possession trailing, 122-121 after Jaylen Brown secured the Celtics lead with a jumper on 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 then pulled up for a jumper with Holiday’s hand in his face. The go-ahead bucket sank through the net with 0.1 seconds remaining on the clock.

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

Murray finished the game with 44 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals. He shot 18 of 44 from the floor including a 6-of-19 from 3-point range. He hit both of his free throws.

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

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