Spurs upset Jokic, No. 2 Nuggets

Ruben Hill
April 15, 2019

The exclamation point to that stretch came with White's thunderous dunk over Paul Millsap - a play that stopped a 5-0 Nuggets run and swung momentum in the Spurs' favor.

Perhaps the biggest sign of DeRozan having seen just about everything the playoffs have to offer is his understanding that things will only get tougher as the series progresses: "Just because we've got a little bit more experience - we can't lean on that, we've got to understand we've got to play even harder next game and try to make everything that much tougher".

The double team was only effective because the Nuggets kept missing wide open shots which only encouraged the Spurs to keep doubling Jokic.

"To be honest, nothing", Jokic said.

Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic tallied a triple-double of 10 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists, but was virtually a non-factor on offense as he nailed only 4 shots out of 9 attempts.

It says something about Murray's maturation and determination for him to be getting shots up immediately following a loss. "We're going to live with that", said Jokic. "It is important because they are both great players and they are going to continue to get a lot of attention throughout the series". So, that was the tough thing about it. "I love his passing".

A play earlier, Murray missed a wide open 16-foot shot that would have given the Nuggets a one point lead with about nine seconds remaining.

The Spurs will next take the court at the Pepsi Center for Game 2 of this best-of-7 series this Tuesday. Their last lead came with four minutes left in the first quarter but they trimmed a 12-point deficit to one in the closing minutes.

They had the ball with 6.9 seconds left and needed a 3 even though they were just 6 for 28 from the arc. As Denver's Jamal Murray took the ball upcourt on the ensuing possession, looking for a potential game-tying three, Derrick White made the biggest defensive play of the game, stealing the ball away and drawing a foul to secure the upset.

"He was spectacular", Popovich said. "Hopefully he'll continue to play that way because it's going to be a long series".

Asked what adjustments he had in mind for Game 2, Malone said simply, "Make shots".

It might have been his playoff debut with San Antonio, but DeMar DeRozan is no stranger to postseason action. They joined the Nets, who won at Philadelphia, and Magic, who won at Toronto.

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