Jamal Murray (31 points) and Nikola (21 points) emerged top performers, as the host Denver Nuggets held on to beat the San Antonio Spurs 102-99 on Friday night.
Nikola Jokic added 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists before fouling out as the Nuggets nearly squandered an 18-point, first-half lead. Bryn Forbes had a 3-point look to tie the game in the final second but couldn’t get it launched in time over Trey Lyles.
The stars of the friday night Jamal, Nikola helped nugget to hold off spurs.
Murray came up big before turning his right ankle in the fourth quarter. He was hobbling the rest of the game.
Coach Michael Malone and the Nuggets are borrowing a page straight out of the Spurs’ playbook with this philosophy
“If you’re open, shoot it. If you’re not open, get off the ball with a 0.5 (second) mentality,” Malone explained. “That makes you and us as a team really hard to guard. Because the ball is going to move a hell of a lot quicker than the defence can.”
AT A GLANCE
- Points: Jamal Murray – 31
- Assists: Nikola Jokic – 9
- Rebounds: Mason Plumlee – 13
San Antonio Spurs
- Points: LaMarcus Aldridge – 24
- Assists: DeMar DeRozan – 5
- Rebounds: LaMarcus Aldridge – 7