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2dOhm Youngmisuk

Nuggets respond to Malone's challenge, top Spurs

The Nuggets got their first victory at San Antonio since 2012 on Saturday, responding to coach Michael Malone's challenge to play tougher than the Spurs and evening the best-of-seven series at 2-2.


Nuggets beat Spurs 117-103 to tie series at 2-2

Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Murray added 24 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs 117-103 on Saturday night, rebounding from a flat performance tie the first-round series at two games apiece.

Nuggets even series behind Jokic's double-double (1:24)
Murray puts Gay on a poster (0:20)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

San Antonio falling apart here at the end with DeMar DeRozan getting to quick techs and an ejection after being whistled for a charge. DeRozan fired the ball and the referee didn't like it.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Malone may have wanted to see his team get off to a better start in the first quarter. But they've definitely closed the second and third quarters like the second-seeded team that they are. After Derrick White drove past Jamal Murray to cut the deficit to 71-69 midway through the third, Denver responded with a 20-10 run to take a 91-79 lead going into the fourth quarter. Murray scored five points and assisted on a Torrey Craig 3-pointer to get the run started. Murray is having his best game outside of Game 2 in this series with 19 points and five assists through three quarters.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver has to be encouraged that the game is tied at the half. The Nuggets erased a 12-point deficit and were able to do so despite Paul Millsap and Gary Harris combining for a total of three points and 1-for-12 shooting in the first two quarters. Both Nuggets have been solid offensively this series. However, the two have helped Denver in areas that Michael Malone highlighted -- defense and on the glass, where it is tied 27-27 in rebounds at the half.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The two star big men in this series made their presence felt in the first half. Nikola Jokic had a double-double by halftime with 16 points and 10 rebounds to go with five assists. LaMarcus Aldridge, who had a monster one-handed rebound and putback dunk all in one motion, had 17 points and nine rebounds going into the break.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nuggets close the second quarter with a 20-9 run that has the game tied at 54-54 at the half. Jamal Murray scored seven points and hit Gary Harris with a cross-court pass for a 3-pointer during the run. But the Nuggets' defense came up big. Derrick White, who has had his way with Denver in this series, was limited to just five points and 2-for-6 shooting in the first half. White had a defender in his face and there were no easy layups.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

If it weren't for Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets might've been staring at a blowout after just one quarter. San Antonio took a 34-22 lead into the second quarter but that lead would've been much greater if not for Jokic's eight points and five rebounds in the quarter. Michael Malone wanted to see his starting five get off to a quick start by inserting Torrey Craig. But outside of Jokic, Denver's four other starters combined for five points and 2-for-12 shooting. Denver also could not stop San Antonio, which made 68.4% of its shots in the quarter. LaMarcus Aldridge got off to a quick start with 13 points and five rebounds. Once again, Denver will have to come from behind as it has the entire series.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nuggets have come out with a few adjustments early in Game 4. Nikola Jokic is aggressively looking for his shot early, posting up spinning his way into the paint for shots before doubles can come. He took five shots in his first five minutes. He came in averaging 12.7 shot attempts in his first three games. Also, the Nuggets had Gary Harris on Derrick White, Torrey Craig on DeMar DeRozan and Jamal Murray on Bryn Forbes early.

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2dOhm Youngmisuk

Nuggets' Craig shines in Game 4 start vs. Spurs

After sticking with the same starting lineup for the first three games of the Nuggets' first-round playoff series against the Spurs, Michael Malone made a change, inserting Torrey Craig at forward for Will Barton. And it paid off huge for Denver.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Malone is making a change to his starting lineup in hopes of getting off to a better start in the first quarter and adding some defense. Torrey Craig is starting in place of the struggling Will Barton, who is shooting 1-for-13 from behind the arc. Craig could potentially be an option to slow down Derrick White, who is averaging 23 points and 68% shooting in the series.

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3dOhm Youngmisuk

Malone wants Murray, Nuggets to play tougher

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he wants his team, and specifically Jamal Murray, to take Derrick White's big night personally heading into Game 4 of Denver's series against San Antonio.


The Hoop Collective: NBA Playoffs Update

ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim McMahon discuss the latest from the NBA Playoffs and how worried the 76ers should be about Joel Embiid's knee injury (3:15). Brian then talks about James Harden's greatness and how Houston's superstar reminds him of Peyton Manning (19:20). The crew also dives in to Kevin Durant's big game last night and if the Rockets could beat the Warriors in the next round (33:15). Lastly, the crew reacts to Denver's troubling performance thus far (46:27).

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

San Antonio has created separation with a 19-5 run to take a 112-94 lead with under five minutes left. Nuggets having trouble stopping the Spurs while Derrick White has dominated the matchup at point guard against Jamal Murray. Murray isn't moving great on defense after that spill he took but it doesn't matter on this night. White has torched Denver for 36 points, five assists and four rebounds on an efficient 15-for-20 shooting. Reminder, this is just White's third playoff game as a starter.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamal Murray has checked back into the game with 6:46 remaining but he did come in kneeling down to perhaps stretch his ankles before shaking both of his ankles.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamal Murray, badly outplayed by Derrick White, had the ball jarred loose by White for a steal and then the Nuggets guard took a spill and appeared to hurt his ankle. Moments later, Murray lost his footing as White drove by him toward the paint where he scored with the foul. Murray hobbled back to the bench with 8:52 left in the fourth with just three points on 1-for-5 shooting. White -- who also has a block on Murray too -- has 29 points, four rebounds and four assists with just over eight minutes left to play.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The stars picked up their games in the third quarter. DeMar DeRozan rebounded from a four-point first-half effort to score 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the third quarter. On the other side, Nikola Jokic was aggressive in the third, scoring nine points in the quarter to go into the fourth with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Monte Morris continued the Nuggets' strong bench play with six points in the quarter as well.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick White's torrid first half put him in some elite company. He's just the third player under Gregg Popovich to score over 25 points in a half in the playoffs. The other two Spurs were Tony Parker (twice) and Tim Duncan (three times) according to ESPN Stats and Info. The Nuggets can't keep White out of the paint, where he made 10-of-his-12 shots and scored 20-of-his-26 points.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamal Murray has been quiet after his big fourth quarter in Game 2. Murray had just three points and shot 1-for-4 in the first half while watching Derrick White go off for 26 points. Murray, Gary Harris and Will Barton have combined to score 13 points in the half while Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic are carrying the starting unit with 11 points each.

Team Stats

Points Per Game110.720th
Rebounds Per Game46.48th
Assists Per Game27.42nd
Points Allowed106.76th

Team History