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SportJokic, Nuggets hold off Spurs 90-86 in Game 7 to advance

08:15  28 april  2019
08:15  28 april  2019 Source:   ap.org

Nuggets erase 19-point deficit in 114-105 win over Spurs

Nuggets erase 19-point deficit in 114-105 win over Spurs Jamal Murray shook off a horrid shooting night to score 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and lead the Denver Nuggets to a 114-105 win over the San Antonio Spurs. The big comeback tied the series at a game each as the series shifts to San Antonio. DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 31 points.

Nikola Jokic had another triple-double, Jamal Murray hit a clutch floater with 36.8 seconds remaining and the Nuggets held off the Spurs 90 - 86 in Game 7 Murray added 23 points for the Nuggets , who captured a Game 7 for the first time since May 3, 1978, when David Thompson had 37 in a win over

DENVER — Nikola Jokic had a triple-double, Jamal Murray hit a clutch floater with 36.8 seconds remaining and the Denver Nuggets held off the San Antonio Spurs 90 - 86 in Game 7 on Saturday night to advance in the postseason for the first time in a decade.

Jokic, Nuggets hold off Spurs 90-86 in Game 7 to advance© The Associated Press Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, defends as San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge drives to the rim in the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Nikola Jokic had a triple-double, Jamal Murray hit a clutch floater with 36.8 seconds remaining and the Denver Nuggets held off the San Antonio Spurs 90-86 in Game 7 on Saturday night to advance in the postseason for the first time in a decade.

In a matchup between a Denver team with the youngest playoff roster in the West and the savvy Spurs, the second-seeded Nuggets built a 17-point lead in the third quarter only to see it whittled down to two with 52 seconds remaining.

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Nikola Jokic turned in another triple-double, Jamal Murray hit a clutch floater with 36.8 seconds remaining and the Denver Nuggets held off the San Antonio Spurs 90 - 86 in Game 7 on Saturday night to advance in the postseason for the first time in

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had a triple-double, Jamal Murray hit a clutch floater with 36.8 seconds remaining and the Denver Nuggets held off the San Antonio Spurs 90 - 86 in Game 7 on Saturday night to advance in the postseason for the first time in a decade.

BOX SCORE: NUGGETS 90, SPURS 86

Jokic finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, with no pass bigger than the one to set up Murray's floater. DeMar DeRozan had a chance to slice into the deficit but was blocked by Torrey Craig. Then, the Spurs didn't foul and the Nuggets were able to essentially run out the clock.

Since making the Western Conference finals in 2009, the Nuggets have bowed out in the first round on four occasions. This was their first playoff appearance in six seasons.

Denver will host third-seeded Portland in a series that begins Monday.

Murray added 23 points for the Nuggets, who captured a Game 7 for the first time since May 3, 1978, when David Thompson had 37 in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Rudy Gay had 21 points for San Antonio, while DeRozan and Bryn Forbes each added 19. The Spurs fell to 3-4 in Games 7s under Gregg Popovich.

Spurs’ frustration boils over, and a series is tied

Spurs’ frustration boils over, and a series is tied Jamal Murray drove the lane and dunked, talked trash to Rudy Gay, and mean-mugged for the camera. Nikola Jokic threw in a grab-bag of Serbian hook shots and jumpers, and generally owned the AT&T Center paint as if he were the Bexar County judge. Michael Malone’s lineup gambit worked, with new starter Torrey Craig and new sub Will Barton each contributing their best games of the series. It says something about the Spurs — in a 117-103 Game 4 loss to Denver on Saturday that knotted the Western Conference first-round series at 2-2 — that their most noteworthy moment involved a ball that landed nowhere near the basket. On ExpressNews.

Nikola Jokic had a triple-double, Jamal Murray hit a clutch floater with 36.8 seconds remaining and the Denver Nuggets held off the San Antonio Spurs 90 - 86 in Game 7 on Saturday night to advance in the postseason for the first time in a decade.

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had another triple-double, Jamal Murray hit a clutch floater with 36.8 seconds remaining and the Denver Nuggets held off the San Antonio Spurs 90 - 86 in Game Murray added 23 points for the Nuggets , who captured a Game 7 for the first time since May 3, 1978, when

Jokic turned in another monster game. Jokic showed off his arsenal of shots, even throwing in a sky hook. Jokic also had a triple-double in Game 1.

Denver went an NBA-best 34-7 at home in the regular season and rode the energy of the crowd.

It was a forgettable first half for the Spurs, who trailed 47-34 after shooting 22.2% from the floor.

TIP-INS

Spurs: G Patty Mills played in his 85th playoff game with San Antonio, tying him with Sean Elliott for ninth-most in franchise history. ... Popovich remains on 170 playoff wins, trailing only Pat Riley (171) and Phil Jackson (229).

Nuggets: Denver was 2 of 20 from 3-point range. ... G Gary Harris had 11 points.

SCREEN GAME

The Nuggets weren't particularly pleased with the way the Spurs set screens during the series. More specifically, Jakob Poeltl, whose knee caught Murray in the thigh during the third quarter of Game 6.

DeRozan bristled at the notion that Poeltl may be a dirty player.

Popovich could not believe Spurs didn’t foul

Popovich could not believe Spurs didn’t foul The San Antonio Spurs had a brain fart at the end of their Game 7 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.

The Denver Nuggets held off the San Antonio Spurs 90 - 86 on Saturday.

The Denver Nuggets held off the San Antonio Spurs 90 - 86 on Saturday.

"Anybody that thinks Jakob is a dirty play, they have a dirty mind," DeRozan said. "Jakob is not a dirty player at all. He goes out there and plays extremely hard. His intent is never to hurt anybody."

HOOPS HISTORIAN

A big basketball historian, Gay reflected on the loss of John Havlicek, the Boston Celtics star and Hall of Famer who died Thursday at 79. Gay said Havlicek's versatility paved the way for players like him.

"Couldn't shoot like him," Gay said. "Wish I could."

POP'S THOUGHTS

Popovich was asked in a round-about way what his future as a head coach will be after this season.

"I'm a head coach in the NBA," Popovich responded. "I don't think about what that means in the future."

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