The Morning After: Was Jamal Murray “disrespectful” in Denver Nuggets’ win over Los Angeles Lakers?

The Nuggets snapped a two-game losing streak by topping the Los Angeles Lakers 125-116 Friday, a crucial win for Denver to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race.

Here are six takeaways from the victory:

1. Murray “disrespectful?” A little rivalry is clearly forming between Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray and the Lakers. Murray is an emotional young player, unafraid to flex his muscles after a tough finish inside or whip out the “blue arrow” when he nails a big 3-pointer. But Lakers coach Luke Walton said Murray engaged in some “disrespectful” trash talk late in Friday’s contest, prompting Walton to yell at Murray from the bench. Don’t forget, the last time these two teams played in December, Murray dribbled around rookie Lonzo Ball in the final seconds of a Nuggets’ comeback win.

“I went out there and played with the fire that everybody loves to watch me play with,” Murray said. “I can’t control what the other team’s gonna feel. I’m just gonna go out there and hoop, and whoever takes it to heart and takes their losses salty, I can’t do anything about that.”

Ball called Murray’s behavior “circus stuff” after the game, but added “I don’t really worry about Jamal Murray.” Here are some other reactions:

Nuggets coach Michael Malone: “All I know is that Jamal’s going out there competing

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