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Nuggets’ Jamal Murray takes ‘responsibility’ for outburst against Wolves

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, who acknowledged that he and his team lost their cool in a Game 2 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night, said he takes “full responsibility” for his actions.

Murray was fined $100,000 on Tuesday for throwing a towel and a heat pack on the field “in the direction of a match official during live play” in the second quarter of the 106-80 loss. He also avoided a suspension and punishment for making a money sign at an official earlier in the second quarter.

Murray didn’t have much to say Wednesday about his actions that endangered players on both teams and Marc Davis’ officiating crew, or about the fine imposed by the league.

“No, I mean it is what it is and I take everything with full responsibility, so on to the next one,” Murray said when asked if he expected the fine and if he felt his punishment was appropriate.

‘Yes, on to the next one. I mean, two days ago, I can’t say much about it now.”

However, Nuggets coach Michael Malone had a stern message for his team on Wednesday.

“Guys, we are the reigning world champions,” said Malone. “Act like it and play like it.”

Minnesota takes home a 2-0 lead in the best of seven Western Conference semifinal series. Game 3 is Friday night (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Malone said he showed his team nine clips from Game 2 “that summed up the game so well and why we lost. And our players owned it. And my biggest challenge for them and I don’t have an answer for anyone who’s going to ask me . Do these guys believe? I don’t know. They all say they do, but we’ll all find out on Friday night.”

“We just have to be ready to play and not get frustrated with how the game goes sometimes and we allowed it to take us out of our game,” said Murray, who was in disarray with a left calf strain, a shooting loss . touch and a lack of whistles going his way. “So we just have to stay calm and find a way to stay together during the game and figure it out. No matter what the scoreboard says, we have to be able to bounce back.”

The towel Murray threw landed on Davis’ heels on the baseline, but the heat pack slid across the floor just as Karl-Anthony Towns was about to make a layup.

‘I’ve never seen that from Jamal. That was very unusual,” Malone said. He credited Murray with losing his cool by “taking the lead and not being called, not making shots at the level we know he can, and being 30 points behind a team we’re trying to beat to reach the Western Conference finals. .

“So when you put it all in the pot, that’s a lot to handle. And he didn’t handle it the way he knows he should handle it, and I’m sure he told you that.”

Wolves coach Chris Finch called Murray’s actions ‘inexcusable and dangerous’ and said someone could easily have been injured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.