San Antonio Spurs Use Suffocating Defense To Record Upset Over Denver Nuggets

Rex Christensen
April 16, 2019

The Nuggets were hoping for a game-tying 3 although they were just 6 of 28 from long range.

Denver and San Antonio split the four matchups in the regular season, each winning the home games. "For somebody who got put in that position and to learn that position with a bunch of new players, it's really remarkable what he's done".

Nuggets: A return to the playoffs after a six-year absence, facing the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. Nikola Jokic managed only 10 points on nine shot attempts, but his 14 rebounds and 14 assists gave him a triple-double in his very first postseason outing, becoming just the fourth player in National Basketball Association history to do so.

Game 1 takes place on Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. ET from the Toyota Center.

"We didn't let Jokic play as he wanted and they didn't let LaMarcus play as much as he wanted", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

By the end of the night in Game One Saturday, the Nuggets likely wished for sleep in order to get away from the nightmare reality that was the San Antonio defense. Furthermore, the Nuggets have had two separate streaks in which they made the playoffs in nine consecutive seasons. Reserve Rudy Gay scored 14. Rubio, who finished with 15 points, didn't play against Houston in the playoffs last season after injuring his hamstring in a first-round series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Gary Harris led Denver with 20 points and Murray had 17, but that was on 8-of-24 shooting, including 0 for 6 from the arc.

The Rockets were up by 15 at halftime, but Utah opened the second half with a 10-3 run, with six points from Gobert, to cut it to 62-54 with nine minutes left in the third.

For the Nuggets, who finished with the second best record in the Western Conference; yesterday was their chance to show the doubters that they are for real and can compete with the Golden State Warriors, but the Spurs showed them the importance of having an experienced team come playoff time.

"They kept coming", said Andrew Wiggins, who led Minnesota with 25 points.

"That's something that we always emphasize", said forward PJ Tucker, the Rockets' best defender. "We can't wait like we do sometimes in the regular season". The biggest factor, the biggest concern will be the initial couple of minutes and trying to get those nerves out. "That was big for us, because we all got some juice from it and I thought it kind of settled him down, and got back into rhythm". Defensively, Houston is giving up 109.1 points per game while opponents shoot 46.6 percent against them and they hold foes to only 34 percent shooting from 3-point land. The playoffs started with two upsets as the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers loss their home opener followed by the San Antonio Spurs going on the road and defeating the Denver Nuggets. The spread has opened at -6.5 for the Nuggets (money line: Denver- -275; San Antonio +225). Denver won the Northwest Division title for the first time since 2010. Denver missed eight free throws.

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