DENVER (AP) – Nikola Jokic had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds on Wednesday night to help the rising Denver Nuggets 106. Defeated the San Antonio Spurs with a score of 96.
Jokic simply missed his 13th triple-double of the season. Michael Porter Jr. added 18 points և 10 rebounds in the first two games in Denver.
The Nuggets have won seven games in a row and are unbeaten in six games since Aaron Gordon and Vail McGee signed a deal on a trade deal. Gordon had nine points and McGee had energy from the bench in the second half.
“We are good at this time of the season,” said Jokic. “At the beginning of the season we tried to find ourselves, but now we are playing really well.”
Derrick White և Dejunte Murray scored 18 points each against San Antonio. The Spurs were on their way to five games after a 2-7 home draw, including a 24-point loss to Cleveland on Monday night.
“Too much play by a lot of people,” said San Antonio coach Greg Popovich. “The second team should play better. You just look at the plus / minus of the last few games. The first team is doing quite well, but we were simply eliminated from the bench, it happened again tonight. “
The teams will meet again on Friday evening.
Denver coach Michael Malone received two technical devices, was out in the first half with a score of 5:32 to shout at officials after Jokic’s turnover.
“Physical play,” Mellon said. “It was cooking for a while, և as head coach it was my job to fight, to protect all my players, և I did it today.”
In the half, the Nuggets took the lead 54-50, but the Spurs opened the third with a score of 18-4, 10. Gaining an advantage of 10 points. ,
Denver quickly built a double-digit score, և 20 ahead of Porter with a 3-meter kick.
“We gave them a lot of second chances,” said Murray, who returned after missing a game with a sore right foot. “It simply came to our notice then. We had to play through it. We have to toughen, play for 48 minutes. “
Spears. Lonnie Walker IV (right wrist pain), Trey Lyles (right ankle sprain) և Keita Bates-Diop (right jaw strain) remained on the sidelines. “As you can imagine, what injuries they have, it’s just a process,” Popovic said of Bates-Diop և Lyle. “They are getting closer and closer.”
Nuggets. F. Paul Milsap was idle to rest. Ուն Malone said that G Monte Morris will not record any hard minutes yet. He was playing in his second game after conceding 11 with a right four-point tension. In 19 minutes he finished with seven points.
MURRAY SITS AGAIN
Nuggets defender Al Amal Murray was ruled out of the second leg with a knee injury. With a compact schedule, Malone said he needed to manage Murray’s workload.
“We are in the middle of six games in nine nights, four games in four nights, so the schedule was obviously very demanding,” said Malone. “We asked a lot of Nikola, Nikola Amali, all our boys, he is shocked, so he needs this rest to try to come back as healthy as possible this season.”
At the end of his post-match enlargement interview, Malone joked that Jokic had offered to pay his expected fine for eviction.
“The best part of it is that after the game, Nicola ran to me and said, ‘Coach, I have your back. Whatever happens, I took out my wallet,'” Malone said. “I really appreciate that.”
Jokic rolled with a joke.
“I do not have an alternative at the moment. “He threw me under the bus,” he said. “He got your back, the whole team got my back. That’s the easiest thing I can do for her. “