DeRozan leads Spurs past Nuggets in Game 1, 101-96

Spurs stun Nuggets in Game 1, take series lead

Spurs stun Nuggets in Game 1, take series lead

The Spurs made 15 of 20 shots in the second quarter to build a 59-51 halftime lead. News of this comes right the Spurs beat the Nuggets in Game 1 of their playoff series. White finished with 16 points, one of five Spurs in double figures.

Murray missed an open jumper with 13 seconds left in the game that would have put the Nuggets in the lead.

The San Antonio Spurs knew they needed to win at least one game in Denver if they were going to move on to the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs, and they wasted no time in picking up that W with a Game One road victory. "So hopefully he'll continue to play that way because it's gonna be a long series".

"Derrick White has been great all year", DeRozan said.

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". Denver cut it to seven but Minnesota answered with a dunk and layup to lead 88-77 with 6:43 left, prompting the Nuggets to call timeout. "That third quarter, our defense was phenomenal". "So, I think Nikola has a high IQ".

Nikola Jokic finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds and Murray scored 17 for Denver.

"Jokic is the head of the snake", DeRozan said. But he was hesitant on offense all night, taking just nine shots and making four of them. The biggest factor, the biggest concern will be the initial couple of minutes and trying to get those nerves out.

"He was spectacular", Popovich said.

"We didn't let Jokic play as he wanted and they didn't let LaMarcus play as much as he wanted", Popovich said. "I've got a wedding ring", Malone joked.