Tonight the Spurs came to the Mile High City and the Nuggets were blown out in the Pepsi Center as the Spurs started off the series with a 28-point win.
With a surprise in tonights starting lineup with Darrell Arthur at the 4, the Nuggets started off the game with a hot hand and outscored the Spurs 33-29 in the first before the Spurs answered back by outscoring the Nuggets 29-20 in the second quarter. At the half, the Spurs led the Nuggets 58-53. After the half, the Nuggets came back onto the court looking a little rough as they were outscored by the Spurs once more, 32-24. In the 3rd, Gallo picked up a technical after a no-call on a layup (which LaMarcus Aldridge missed). After that T, the Nuggets outscored the Spurs in the final 3:02 of the quarter, 9-7. Coming into the 4th, the good guys fell to a 19 point deficit with 10:36 left in the quarter. The fourth quarter, the Spurs outscored the Nuggets 37-22, ultimately causing the Nuggets to fall 127-99.
The first half, the Nuggets played phenomenally against the most fundamentally sound team in the league but that didn’t last long as the Spurs powered back in the second half and the Nuggets just couldn’t hold on. Tonight’s game was led by Aldridge who had 28 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist in his 33 minutes. Kawhi Leonard contributed with 24 points and Tony Parker added 21 as the lead scorers for the Spurs.
Turnovers were a BIG problem of the Nuggets tonight. There were passes made that shouldn’t have been there (I’m looking at you, Jameer). There were butter fingers. The Nuggets had 13 turnovers tonight. In the first half, we had 3 turnovers and the Spurs made 0 points but in the second, they had 23 points off of turnovers.
Defense also continued to be an issue for the Nuggets tonight. Don’t get me wrong, there was some moments that I saw some defense happening, particularly in the first half, but it can’t be something played whenever you feel like it. The Nuggets need to become strong on BOTH offense and defense if they want to pick themselves back up and start winning games in 2017.
“We need to get this figured out before it gets out of hand” -Darrell Arthur
The Nuggets are now 14-22 overall and 7-11 at home.
FG%: 45.3% 56.7%
3PT%: 28% 50%
FT: 82.4% 76.5%
Rebounds: 38 41
Assists: 34 25
Steals: 7 5
Blocks: 3 8
Turnovers: 8 13
Fast Break Points: 8 14
Points in Paint: 54 44
- Ball movement on offense
- 100% in their first 10 shots
- Although losing the first half 53-58, there was a sense of defense in that half
Nuggets Top Scorers:
Nikola Jokic: 19p/11r/5 a
Danilo Gallinari: 15p/3r/1a
Darrell Arthur: 13p/4r/0a
Nugget of the Night: Nikola Jokic
Drive of the game: Danilo Gallinari