News ID: 236609
Published: 0331 GMT December 29, 2018

Nuggets keep rolling at home, hold off Spurs 102-99

Nuggets keep rolling at home, hold off Spurs 102-99
Jamal Murray (L) of the Denver Nuggets goes up for a dunk against the San Antonio Spurs at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, the US, on December 28, 2018.
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Jamal Murray scored 31 points despite turning his right ankle late in the fourth quarter, Monte Morris hit two big free throws with 7.2 seconds remaining and the Nuggets held off the San Antonio Spurs 102-99 on Friday night to extend their home winning streak to eight.

After the game, Murray eased into his dress shoe, wincing in pain, The Associated Press reported.

"Feeling great," he said. "Feeling sensational."

Murray wasn't the only one to land wrong. Malik Beasley had 21 points, but rolled his left ankle on a drive in the fourth quarter. He made two free throws before exiting.

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 three-point look to tie the game in the final second but couldn't get it launched in time over Trey Lyles.

"We try to show our guys what we think they're going to run, to give them an awareness," coach Michael Malone said.

Just then, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich walked by and playfully lobbed in his thoughts.

"Love you, too," Malone cracked as Popovich continued down the hallway.

LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 24 points for San Antonio, while DeMar DeRozan added 15.

The Spurs, the top free throw shooting team in the league, went four of eight from the line over the final 1:48. They were 11 of 20 for the game.

"None of us go out there and miss free throws," DeRozan said. "We've been great all year. We gave ourselves countless opportunities to be able to take the lead, tie the game up and give ourselves a great chance to win."

It was the second game of a home-and-home between the teams. The Spurs won 111-103 in San Antonio on Wednesday. In that game, DeRozan and Aldridge combined for 57 points.

The Nuggets remained percentage points ahead of Golden State for the top mark in the Western Conference despite missing starters Paul Millsap, Will Barton and Gary Harris due to injuries.

 

 

   
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