DeRozan leads Spurs past Nuggets in Game 1, 101-96

17 April, 2019, 12:09 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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White made 7-of-10 shots and finished with 16 points and five assists in his first playoff start.

The Nuggets offense just did not look the same without Jokic though, which is why Michael Malone subbed him back into the game just 3:30 into the second quarter. San Antonio was hitting nearly every shot they took, while Denver was struggling to make any type of bucket. Bryn Forbes and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 15. Denver head coach Mike Malone said that anytime Jokic put the ball on the floor, San Antonio smothered the big man with multiple defenders. Even more concerning is the fact that Denver is 0-8 against the spread in its last eight conference quarterfinals games.

Aldridge also nailed two crucial free throws after a key defensive rebound on Murray's missed shot that would have given the Nuggets a 98-97 lead in the last 7 seconds. The Spurs on the other hand had four players in double-figures at the break and were led by Rudy Gay (12). The under is 8-3-1 in Jazz last 12 games playing on 2 days rest. He sank his first free throw and missed his second, but teammate Will Barton corralled the rebound and dribbled out the clock.

"We ended off strong", DeRozan told The San Antonio Express-News.

Denver: The Nuggets are 6-21 against the Spurs in the playoffs. "Love to find ways to get him more field goal attempts and have him impact with his scoring, but he is going to make the right read". The Spurs, who now have reached the postseason for 22 straight years, are a formidable first-round opponent for the inexperienced Nuggets. Popovich was ejected 63 seconds into the game but it's a good bet he'll stick around for these games. But they only scored 17, so they didn't make too much of a dent in San Antonio's lead.

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Denver didn't play well offensively in the first game of the series and finished with 96 points.

Past year in the Rockets conference semifinal triumph over the Jazz, Paul was second on the team in scoring (24.6 points per game), he was second on the team in rebounding (7.0 rebounds per game) and second on the team in assists (6.2 assists per game.) His ability to knock down shots from the midrange and find those shots as Jazz closed out on the shooters was invaluable in the Rockets making quick work of Utah.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Denver. "They have the best record at home, and they play really well together".

The San Antonio Spurs endured the come-back of the Denver Nuggets and earned the victory to "steal" the home-court advantage (96-101). 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. The Utah Jazz are averaging 90 points on 39 percent shooting and allowing 122 points on 50.5 percent shooting. Favors had 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 118-91 victory over the Rockets in December.

The iconic coach and his seventh-seeded squad begin a first-round series Saturday against the Denver Nuggets, who are a little lean on playoff experience in returning to the postseason for the first time since 2013.

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