SAN ANTONIO – Derrick White had 23 points, Lonnie Walker IV added 21 and the San Antonio Spurs never beat the Denver Nuggets 123-111 on Thursday night, after two skates.
Dejounte Murray added 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for San Antonio, who were in the middle of a five-game stretch.
“It was a good night,” said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. “A lot of guys played well. We had a period where we were a little sloppy, three or four passes, five or six possessions, there for a short period of time, but the defense held on and that gave allow us to continue to play well.
“The return at one end and not playing would have been a terrible combination, but we avoided that.”
Nikola Jokic had 22 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his third straight double and fifth of the season for Denver.
The Nuggets entered their third game in the defensive league, limiting opponents to 104.5 points per game, but there were no answers for the Spurs.
“It’s an unofficial double-digit hit because it’s probably 20 plus points,” said Denver coach Michael Malone. “Just sitting in defense, whether it’s Dejounte Murray, Derrick White (and) Lonnie Walker on the bench are the ones who make the real difference in this game when it comes to attacking us. Then when a guy is defeated, there is no contraction, no help behind it. It is laidup after layup. ”
Walker finished 7 to eat 12 from the field, including 3 5-pointers on the 3-pointed line.
“I just need to have an aggressive mindset,” says Walker.
San Antonio dominated, scoring 45 points on 3 points and 58 points on paint. San Antonio also has 32 assists, two of which are far from a season high, while shooting as far as 52%.
Denver ended its seven-game trip on Saturday in San Antonio.
The Nuggets have pulled within two baskets several times but have never taken the lead while trailing by 18 points.
“They made us follow in our footsteps,” Malone said. “God, it was the worst feeling in the world. We did a few runs to try to get back into the game a bit, but we couldn’t sustain anything. “
Aaron Gordon added 25 points and Will Barton had 19 points for the Nuggets, who are continuing to battle injuries this season.
PJ Dozier and Michael Porter Jr are both out for the season and Jamal Murray is out indefinitely following knee surgery. Denver, with a 3-7 scoreline in the previous 10 games, is also without Austin Rivers due to health and safety protocols.
San Antonio opened the game with a score of 4 to 5 of 3 pointers in a 22-12 lead. Spurs have established a high season with 37 points taking an eight-point lead after the first quarter.
Jokic had 13 points in the second half, beating Denver 69-65 before San Antonio scored five in a row to close the half. Spurs set a season-high for any inning with 74 points in the first half and matched another high with 37 points in the second quarter.
“I think we did as well as we could with Jokic,” Popovich said. “He’s great.”
Spurs failed to start against Keldon Johnson due to a sprained right ankle, but Devin Vassell is back after three games out.
Nuggets: Denver is 3-3 on the longest run of the season. … Rivers missed the fifth game in a row when it came to league health and safety protocols. He has played 18 games this season, averaging 3.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 17.5 minutes. … Jokic had 32 points in the Nuggets’ 102-96 win over Spurs on October 23.
Spurs: Johnson sprained his right ankle when he stepped on Poeltl’s foot late in the first half on Tuesday against New York. Popovich said Johnson will not be available for Saturday’s game against Denver and is uncertain when he will return. … Murray became the fastest player in franchise history with 3,000 points, 1,500 rebounds and 1,000 assists, doing so in the 276th game of his career. … Bryn Forbes has 458 3-pointers in his career with the Spurs, putting him past Chuck Person in 10th place in franchise history.
Nuggets: In San Antonio on Saturday.
Spurs: Host Denver on Saturday.
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