DENVER — San Antonio forward Tim Duncan and guard Manu Ginobili stayed property and rested Friday night time. For ahead Kawhi Leonard, position guard Tony Parker and a smothering Spurs defense, it was company as common.
Leonard scored twenty five factors and Parker included 13 as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Denver Nuggets ninety one-80 to win their fourth sport in a row.
Leonard turned the very first participant since Hakeem Olajuwon on Dec. 12, 1992, to record 25 details, 7 rebounds, six helps, five blocked photographs and 4 steals in a solitary NBA match. Although Spurs mentor Gregg Popovich explained Leonard’s enjoy as “fantastic” on Friday night, he shrugged his shoulders at his team’s potential to compensate for lacking stars.
“Which is their work,” Popovich mentioned. “They get compensated a lot of funds.”
Denver led by as numerous as 11 in a first 50 % in the course of which Parker mentioned the Spurs lacked strength. But Leonard and Parker mixed to rating all 29 San Antonio points from the middle of the next quarter to the center of the 3rd.
The Spurs scored the last twelve points of the 1st 50 % and the initial four of the third quarter to switch an eight-level deficit into an 8-position direct.
The Spurs opened the fourth quarter with a few straight three-ideas before Denver scored, extending their advantage to twenty. The Nuggets in no way threatened again.
“You have to engage in each and every evening as tough as you can and not worry about the ball likely in,” Leonard said. “On evenings like this when (it is), it’s nothing new.”
Denver missing its fifth sport in a row and all four games on a homestand that concluded Friday. The Nuggets begin a five-game excursion on Saturday night time in Dallas. It was the 10th time this time the Spurs have held an opponent under 90 details. It was also Denver’s eighth straight defeat to the Spurs.
“Defensively, which is exactly where we gained the game tonight,” Parker stated. “We designed a lot of chances on the other end, and we held them to 80 details. That is pretty good. You might be heading to acquire a great deal of games if you can do that.”
Ahead Danilo Gallinari led Denver with 16 factors but was only 5 of 15 from the subject. Rookie guard Emmanuel Mudiay went three of 14 from the discipline.
“We have to finish off quarters outright,” Mudiay mentioned.
“We can not fall our head when they go on a operate. We have to select our heads up and go onto the following play so we can make a run ourselves.”
Denver shot 39.five percent from the subject for the game, like 28 % in the third quarter. The Nuggets also committed eighteen turnovers.
“We search great in stretches, and we search negative in stretches,” Nuggets mentor Michael Malone stated. “Right up until we perform forty eight minutes, we will continue to stack up losses.”
NOTES: Duncan experienced started out all fifteen video games this period. Popovich said his conclusions to relaxation his veterans is usually a “seat-of-the-pants” selection. He had minor problems selecting Friday as a excellent night time for a split. “(Duncan) and Manu understood with no me even expressing anything at all that tonight that they’d be out,” Popovich stated. “It wouldn’t subject who we are taking part in.” Friday was the initial of a back again-to-back again for San Antonio, and its next of 3 video games in 4 evenings. … Rookie Boban Marjanovic made his initial start off in Duncan’s spot. The seven-foot-three, undrafted Serbian entered averaging 2.1 points and 3.1 minutes for each recreation. … Nuggets starting PF Kenneth Faried missed his 3rd straight game with a still left ankle sprain. Nuggets mentor Michael Malone mentioned Faried went by means of part of shootaround, but is not wholesome adequate to return. Darrell Arthur began in his place. … C Joffrey Lauvergne (decrease again strain) was accessible to enjoy Friday right after lacking Denver’s previous eleven games. He commenced the very first 3 game titles, but hasn’t played since Nov. one. “Not obtaining our starting centre in the lineup has absolutely impact us,” Malone explained. … Nuggets C Jusuf Nurkic (left patellar tendon fix) has nevertheless to enjoy this season and his return does not look imminent. Malone believed Nurkic is still 4 months out. Nurkic, an NBA all-rookie 2nd-staff selection in 2014-15, has nevertheless to go via a total-get in touch with apply this time. He experienced surgical procedure on the tendon in May possibly.