Series Update – The Denver Nuggets held off the San Antonio Spurs 90-86 in Game 7 on Saturday night, as they advanced to the second round in the postseason for the first time in a decade with a 4-3 series win.
Denver went an NBA-best 34-7 at home in the regular season but, having built a 17-point lead in the third quarter, they were left holding just a two-point advantage with 52 seconds remaining.
Nikola Jokic finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for the Nuggets, while Jamal Murray added 23 points.
Rudy Gay had 21 points for the Spurs, while DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes each added 19.
Denver will host third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in a second-round series that begins Monday.
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Game 7 Update – The San Antonio Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets 120-103 on Thursday night to tie the series at 3-3 and force a Game 7 decider in Denver in the Western Conference Western Conference first round playoff.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and DeMar DeRozan added 25 for the Spurs as they managed to overcome the Nuggets, for whom Nikola Jokic posted an outstanding 43 points, 27 of which came in the second half. Jokic also finished with 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Game 7 is on Saturday in Denver, where the Nuggets had the league’s best home record during the regular season. The winner of the series will face the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round.
Game 6 Update – The Denver Nuggets had a comfortable 108-90 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night to move 3-2 ahead in the series.
It was a rout for the Nuggets, and all of their starters took a seat once they led by 30 points at 99-69.
Jamal Murray scored 23 points for the Nuggets, but Nikola Jokic was the star man with 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
DeMar DeRozen and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 17 for San Antonio, but the Spurs were outclassed from the tip.
Game 6 takes place on Thursday night in San Antonio.
Game 5 Update – The Denver Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs 117-103 on Saturday night to tie the first-round series at two games apiece.
The Nuggets have lost 13 straight in San Antonio during the regular season and they were down by 12 points in the first quarter here, but then rallied to outscore San Antonio 69-45 in the second and third.
Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 12 rebounds for the Nuggets, with Jamal Murray adding 24 points, as they gave a far more competitive and physical performance following their loss in Game 3.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, while DeMar DeRozan added 19 points.
Game 5 is up next on Tuesday night in Denver.
Game 4 Update – The San Antonio Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets 118-108 on Thursday night to take up a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.
San Antonio point guard Derrick White had a career-high 36 points. White added five rebounds along with five assists and three steals while shooting 12 for 17. DeMar DeRozan scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Nikola Jokic had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Denver. Malik Beasley finished with 20 points. Isaiah Thomas was eligible to play for the Nuggets but didn’t.
Game 4 will take place on Saturday in San Antonio.
Derrick White received 0 scholarship offers out of HS. He played 3 seasons at a Division II school before transferring to Colorado as a senior. The Spurs drafted him 29th in 2017.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) April 19, 2019
He just led SA to a playoff win with 36 points (71.4 FG%), 5 boards, 5 assists, 3 steals, 1 block. pic.twitter.com/OP29Vjlued
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Game 3 Update – The Denver Nuggets tied the series at 1-1 with the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night following a 114-105 win in Game 2 of the Western Conference 1st Round matchup.
Jamal Murray scored 24 points for the Nuggets, including 21 points in the 4th quarter as the Nuggets erase a 19-point deficit to defeat the Spurs.
The Nuggets trailed 78-59 late in the 3rd quarter, before closing the game on a 55-27 run to avoid losing a second straight game at the Pepsi Center after having posted the NBA’s best home record (34-7) during the regular season.
Game 2 Update – San Antonio Spurs took the early initiative in their Western Conference Round 1 series with the Denver Nuggets, with a 101-96 win on the road on Friday night.
The Nuggets were making their first playoff appearance in six years, while San Antonio was making its 22nd straight playoff appearance.
Before a sellout crowd at the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets went 34-7 for the best home record in the league over the regular season, the Spurs got home thanks to DeMar DeRozan’s 18 points, Derrick White’s clinching steal in the closing seconds and the Nuggets making just 42% of their shots, 21% from 3-point range and missing eight free throws.
Denver Nuggets (54-28): For a time during the regular season, the Nuggets were the best team in the Western Conference. Head coach Michael Malone has had them playing well enough throughout the season that the Golden State Warriors were never able to feel too comfortable in the No. 1 spot. When the Warriors slumped, the Nuggets took over the top spot.
They had their slumps as well. But when it came down to it at the end of the regular season, faced with must-win games or risk falling to the No. 3 seed, they got the job done.
Their strength is more their defense than their offense. For the season, they ranked tenth in defense with a rating of 108.1. But their offense ranked just 19th with 110.8 points a game. However, down the stretch, their offense slipped down to 27th with 106.6 points/game. Defensively, they remained relatively steady (109.1).
San Antonio Spurs (48-34): There was some concern for the Spurs entering this season. After failing to win 50+ games for the first time in a couple of decades last season and losing Kawhi Leonard, fans were worried. But then head coach Gregg Popovich did what he has done better than anyone for years.
He worked the team’s new star player, DeMar DeRozan, into the lineup and figured out how to make it work with the guys he’s had. They didn’t make it back to the 50-win mark, and there isn’t anything they are really great at. But they are a pretty good team, overall.
They are not one of the top scoring teams (111.7 points/game), but they have stepped up their defensive game over the last month (107.6; 8th in the league). They will need to improve upon that to make it out of the first round.