There’s just something about the Spurs that causes the Nuggets to crumble every time that we play them.
The Nuggets were able to keep up in the first half against one of the most fundamentally sound teams in the league, but that wasn’t enough. The Nuggets were keeping up with the Spurs and were only down by six at the half but, as they do in the third quarter every time that these teams meet, the Nuggets come back into the second half unready to play–there was absolutely no sense of urgency to even try and compete against the number 2 team in the league.
At the end of the first, the Nuggets only found themselves down by 3 as they were outscored by the Spurs 30-27. The Nuggets were able to continue to fight and, even though they were outscored 26-23 in the second, they were only down by 6 at the half. In the third, the Nuggets lost their fight and were outscored 35-22 and then again in the fourth, 30-25. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, and Jonathan Simmons all had 18 points a piece.
There were two very bright lights that came out of tonights game from the Nuggets and they were Jamal Murray and the Bosnian Beast Jusuf Nurkic. Jamal Murray led the Nuggets with 20 points and 3 rebounds off of the bench. Jusuf Nurkic, who has seen his playing time get cut since he was taken out of the starting lineup on December 15th played very well. The Bosnian Beast disappeared last night after the half and was said to be getting treatments. Tonight, Nurk put in work as Nikola Jokic and Kenneth Faried got into early foul trouble, putting in 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists in 24 minutes.
The Nuggets are now 22-28 overall and 9-16 on the road.
FG%: 44.6% 57%
3PT%: 38.5% 47.6%
FT: 50% 80.8%
Rebounds: 42 38
Assists: 22 29
Steals: 7 13
Blocks: 1 8
Turnovers: 22 14
Fast Break Points: 7 19
Points in Paint: 52 48
The Nuggets next game will be on Monday night in the Mile High City against the Dallas Mavericks.
Tipoff is at 7 PM MST.