Spurs defeat Nuggets to steal Game 1 in Denver

Spurs defeat Nuggets to steal Game 1 in Denver

Gregg Popovich finds a way to ready and steady his teams, and the Denver Nuggets are the newest contender to join the fold in the West. The San Antonio Spurs had to wait all of 11 months. After a back and fourth minute of play, the Nuggets had it down to a 1-point game with 55 seconds left and possession of the basketball.

The Spurs also played well defensively, holding the Nuggets to 96 points in their first game. He finished with 16 points and 5 assists.

The win in Denver gives the Spurs home-court advantage which is not a huge deal for most No. 2 seeds playing against a 7th seed, but for the Nuggets who finished with a 20-21 record on the road during the regular season; the loss was huge. In the regular season, Denver won the majority of the match ups, but with Gregg Popovich as a legendary "chess master" when it comes to coaching, the Spurs had been favored by many. To their bench, their starting five.

Kawhi Leonard, the MVP of the 2014 Finals and the centerpiece of the franchise after Tim Duncan retired, was unhappy with the team and was shipped to Toronto in the offseason for DeMar DeRozan. Yesterday, the Spurs had to prove to Pop and themselves that they know how to turn up the heat when it comes to the post season. The Rockets have now won eight of the last 11 meetings against the Jazz and seven of those eight wins have come by double digits. Beer goggles may be a playful banter about hindering views, but last night, Rudy Gay & LaMarcus Aldridge encountered a similar incident. And they know a lot of things will have to be improved for the series' second game on Wednesday - which they were confident would prove to be the case. Namely, Paul Millsap, Mason Plumlee, Will Barton and Isaiah Thomas, who hasn't played much after Malone shortened the team's rotation.

The Nuggets have lost their last eight playoff games and they also struggled at the end of the season, losing two of their last three games. Jokic led the Nuggets offensively with four points, seven rebounds, and nine assists, while Jamal Murray (10) was Denver's only other player in double-figures. This postseason contest will be his first one with the Spurs.

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"He's spectacular for somebody who got put into that position", Popovich said. "I have a wedding ring".

A lot of that going harder will have to come on the offensive end.

However, they did comeback by having a 9-game winning streak beating opponents with Denver being a part of that list of those defeated.

That dunk certainly shifted the momentum back in San Antonio's favor, but the Nuggets were not going away quietly. "Our confidence is high". San Antonio amassed 111.7 points per game. The Rockets are 53-29 on the season, 31-10 at home, 40-39-3 against the spread and 41-39-2 with the under. Given their overall lack of experience in spite of their talent, the Nuggets' ceiling was murky at best, and things weren't made any easier with a matchup against the battle-tested San Antonio Spurs.

This year's Nuggets squad will be looking to advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since that trip to the Conference Finals.

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