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Hamstring woes bench Murray anew

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets were without point guard Jamal Murray for a second straight game due to a strained right hamstring.

There remains no timetable for his return, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Wednesday night before a game against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

“I don’t foresee him being back in the next couple of games,” Malone said.

The Warriors were short-handed, too, with Draymond Green out for personal reasons and Gary Payton II side-lined by an illness.

Murray is off to a hot start for the Nuggets this season, averaging 16.3 points and 7.4 points. He helped Denver to its first NBA championship last season by averaging 26.1 points.

Reggie Jackson filled in for Murray during a win over New Orleans on Monday. Collin Gillespie also received more playing time, as did rookie Julian Strawther, who stepped up with a 21-point night that included five 3-pointers.

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, right, drives past Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving during the second half of an NBA basketball in-season tournament game Friday, Nov 3, 2023, in Denver. PHOTO: AP