The Denver Nuggets pushed the San Antonio Spurs to the brink in a classic Western Conference battle. Fortunately, the Spurs notched another win to their impressive streak by defeating the Nuggets 108-103.
All the big hitters were by in the lineup for Gregg Popovich, and he would need them for the fight that Denver put up. Tim Duncan had a huge night, clocking in another double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds. Duncan was very comfortable in the post all night, and took a team high 20 shot attempts while knocking down 12 of them.
Duncan’s dominance on the inside opened up the floor for his backcourt peers such as Danny Green, who finished with 16 points. All five of his field goals were made from beyond the arc, but Green suffered a foot injury, which prevented him from finishing the game.
Besides the competency of the Spurs’ offense, it was the defense that almost cost them their winning streak. San Antonio maintained a lead that extended to 24 points during a fleeting stretch, but the Nuggets were able to put together a 36-point fourth quarter to keep themselves alive. It was the “Big Fundamental” that saved the day with some clutch baskets down the stretch.
The hottest team in the league got too comfortable and it almost cost them. It is safe to assume that Popovich will make sure his group does not take their sustained success for granted and finish games the way the veteran team has done in the past.