Murray had missed nearly a month with his hamstring injury, which was sustained on Nov. 4 against the Chicago Bulls. The point guard missed time near the end of training camp in October with a similar injury. Nuggets coach Michael Malone had indicated that Murray's recent hamstring strain came on a specific play against the Bulls.
The defending champions went 6-5 without Murray, but won six of seven to start season with him.
Murray, 26, is a cornerstone of the Nuggets' championship team with the two-time MVP Jokic. Murray enjoyed a spectacular postseason during Denver's run to the NBA title a season ago, averaging 26.1 points, 7.1 assists and 5.7 rebounds in 20 playoff games.