Derrick White (36 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists), DeMar DeRozan (25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists), and LaMarcus Aldridge (18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists) helped San Antonio be a 16-0 Denver runs the other to take a 2-1 series lead. Denver's Nikola Jokic (22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) and Malik Beasley (17 points and 9 rebounds) paced Nuggets, who have now lost 14 straight games in San Antonio from March 2012.
Playoff Observations ] Both teams came out with all San Antonio starters who were not called Jakob Poeltl, while Paul Millsap fired with three early baskets. Derrick White proved to be capable of finding lanes, including three ballet surfaces at the rim. Nikola Jokic had two drives deep into the paint for kickouts for Denver's perimeter shooters, and Gary Harris found his firing switch. Jamal Murray, an 85% free throw shooter this year, missed his first "TWO SHOTS" tonight. After Poeltl made his second mistake, Spurs used Rudy Gay and LaMarcus Aldridge's playmaking to wave 23-1
6. Denver's bench, the spearhead of Torrey Craig and Monte Morris, gave energy to keep the team within reach. The spurs left the first period of 31-22 when San Antonio's defense contributed a handful of deflections.
The Nuggets bench honed 16 straight points in the other, led by Beasley's solid shot, to take a seven point lead. Their Spur counterparts reacted some uncharacteristic bricks. A Craig offensive rebound among four Spurs resulted in a technical error on DeRozan to argue for a missed over-the-back call. Denver until that point had made 8 of their first 13 three to expand their lead to ten. After white moves up for a silky jumper, Sean Elliott exclaimed "he just knows how to get his shot!" Jokic then fetched a technical by himself to argue for a wrong call. A driving dunk of Millsap was followed by a white twisting layup among several Denver bigs at his 20th point. Yet another driving layup of White over the field ended a 13-2 Spurs race to set them up for one.
It was as if the only way to stop Millsap was that Aldridge had to make a third mistake on him. The first Hack-a-Plumlee in the series occurred when San Antonio sent him to the line for two misses. Poeltl, Aldridge and Gay gave the Nuggets bigs a handful of offensive boards with Millsap (3), Plumlee (3) and Jokic (2) with evil concerns. An emphatic white steal and breakaway finish brought a very frenetic first half to a close to make it 61-58 Spurs. White led San Antonio with 26 points on a coolly effective 11-15 shooting, while Millsap and Jokic paced Denver with 11 points and 23 points from their bench.
Jokic hit his third three of the game to tie it at 61. However, DeRozan claimed a number of beautiful conversions. White made his presence known by almost blocking a Murray pull-up jumper, which ignited the DeMar's fast pause to push the Spurs lead to seven. A series of & # 39; Beautiful Game & # 39; Spurs sequences netted a DeRozan dunk and then Jokic's third error on a Forbes drive. White walled off a Murray drive on the baseline, which in turn led to a DeMar fast pause layup at the other end. DeRozan started the quarter a perfect 6-to-6, while Jokic also became more of a score with several plodding drives. An important Poeltl tip-in pushed Spur lead back to five. Morris continued the bench's success by attacking the Spurs rim. DeMar ended the third quarter with 18 points to help the inevitable push of the Nugget bench. San Antonio entered fourth place 88-84.
Rudy Gay went straight after Plumlee to start scoring for Spurs, while Beasley made his own 5-0 run to keep Denver close. White came from a Murray rally to score one and one over a frustrated Millsap and then continued to play peace maker between a heated Murray and Poeltl. Pop again had trouble getting the judges to call a timeout. An Aldridge tip-jam out of a Forbes miss and a post after a Millsap flop made it 105-91. Donatas Motiejunas came on the scoreboard late in the game.
Poeltl seems to have improved the performance of his dribble handoffs.
White's 26 points in half are only booked by Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.
MCL Count (Marco's Crazy Leaners) – 2. His first from the left was the goal of the first team in the Second. The second noted Spurs a seven point lead in the fourth.
Jokic has gained a reputation for maintaining a sub-optimal level of fitness. After a lazy burglary late in the first on an Aldridge drive, I wondered if some of these flaws are from poor conditioning or less than stellar habits – and whether a trimmer Nikola could be a decent two-way forward.
Spur guard Dejounte Murray has been noticeably around the team this playoff round, which is not something that could have been said about a particular nephew last year.
Whataburger Flying Friese's home game should be made available to us outside of state fans.
The two teams stay in Alamo City for Game 4 Saturday, April 20 at. 16.30 CDT. Have a good night, Pounders!