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San Antonio Spurs Show What They’re Made Of In Win Over Denver Nuggets

Chris Humphreys – USA Today Sports

The San Antonio Spurs were a shell of the team that reached the NBA Finals last season for the first three quarters at the Pepsi Center tonight.

But they appeared late in the game, rallied back and ended up defeating the winless Denver Nuggets 102-94.

It wasn’t the best performance of the Spurs this season; in fact, you could easily make the argument to say that the team played actually worse than against the Portland Trail Blazers, but the difference between the two games is that this time, San Antonio was able to show their grit and recover the control of the game right when they needed it.

The Spurs had a slow start on both ends of the court. They failed to score and were also unable to stop Ty Lawson, Timofey Mozgov and Jordan Hamilton as the Nuggets had a solid lead at halftime and things continued to go south in the third where the Spurs were always behind in the scoreboard.

But something changed in the final period. Tim Duncan dominated in the paint, Tony Parker distributed the ball with ease and role players like Boris Diaw and emerging star Kawhi Leonard stepped it up for the Spurs as they improved their record to 3-1, but most importantly, regained some of the chemistry and offensive punch that seemed to be lost to start this year.

The display wasn’t pretty and surely Gregg Popovich will try to correct many things after today’s performance, but it’s always positive to end up winning a tough game on the road. The Spurs show they can win, show they can fight and also show the rest of the league that they will be a tough matchup for anyone day in and day out.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google.