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2019 Schedule
48-34, 2nd in Southwest
6m

Murray scored 23 in Nuggets' 108-90 romp of Spurs

Jamal Murray's 23 points led six Nuggets in double figures and Denver routed the San Antonio Spurs 108-90 Tuesday night to move within one win of their first playoff series triumph in a decade.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver finally plays its best game and displays its full potential with a 108-90 rout of the Spurs. The Nuggets are starting to look like the No. 2 seed and are gaining loads of confidence. Meanwhile, San Antonio looked helpless at times and completely frustrated, falling behind by as much as 30. Seven Nuggets scored in double figures but it was Denver's starting backcourt of Jamal Murray and Gary Harris that set the tone on both ends. The two guards were flying all over, combining for 38 points, eight assists, seven 3-pointers and two blocks.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Both teams are dipping into their benches with the Nuggets comfortably up by 24 points with just over five minutes remaining and Game 6 looming in San Antonio on Thursday.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Gregg Popovich called for timeout just 22 seconds into the fourth quarter after both teams had just had the break in between quarters. Malik Beasley buried a 3-pointer to push Denver up 88-63 and Pop had seen enough. The Spurs coach didn't use the entire timeout either to talk to his team as the Spurs' five stood on the court waiting for the Denver cheerleaders to finish their routine for a few minutes.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver is now threatening to run away with Game 5. The Nuggets opened the third quarter with a 12-2 blitz as Paul Millsap scored seven points to help the Nuggets open up a 65-44 lead with 9:21 remaining. The Spurs are shooting just 40.4% from the field and are struggling to stop Denver. Jamal Murray has 18 points and is only gaining confidence.

Murray hits and-1 shot off give-and-go (0:33)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver takes a 53-42 lead into the half. Derrick White is struggling again. The young Spurs point guard has three fouls to go with three points in 11 minutes. The Nuggets have held White to a total of 11 points in the six quarters he's played since scoring 36 points in Game 3.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nuggets are hustling for every loose ball early on like it's a do-or-die game. Defensively, the Nuggets held DeMar DeRozan to 4-for-11 shooting in the Spurs' forward's first 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Gary Harris already has 11 points after making four-of-his-first-six shots.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Denver Nuggets have won the first quarter for the first time in this first-round series, outscoring the Spurs 26-19. The Spurs won the opening quarter in the first four quarters by an average of an almost eight-point differential and had averaged 29 points in the first quarter in the first four games. The Nuggets held San Antonio to 8-for-21 shooting. Gary Harris had eight points in the first quarter and helped hold Derrick White to two points in the quarter.

White hits defender with nasty spin move (0:21)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The NBA announced it fined DeMar DeRozan $25,000 "for recklessly throwing the basketball toward a game official." DeRozan was ejected after being handed two quick technical fouls for the fling at official Scott Foster.

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Nuggets respond to Malone's challenge, top Spurs

The Nuggets got their first victory at San Antonio since 2012 on Saturday, responding to coach Michael Malone's challenge to play tougher than the Spurs and evening the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

Popovich on defensive performance: 'It was poor' (1:31)
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DeRozan ejected for firing ball toward ref Foster

Spurs star DeMar DeRozan was assessed two technical fouls and ejected for throwing the ball toward official Scott Foster in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 117-103 loss to the Nuggets in Game 4.

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Nuggets beat Spurs 117-103 to tie series at 2-2

Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Murray added 24 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs 117-103 on Saturday night, rebounding from a flat performance tie the first-round series at two games apiece.

DeRozan ejected for firing ball near ref (0:32)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

San Antonio falling apart here at the end with DeMar DeRozan getting to quick techs and an ejection after being whistled for a charge. DeRozan fired the ball and the referee didn't like it.

DeRozan flies down lane for dunk (0:17)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Malone may have wanted to see his team get off to a better start in the first quarter. But they've definitely closed the second and third quarters like the second-seeded team that they are. After Derrick White drove past Jamal Murray to cut the deficit to 71-69 midway through the third, Denver responded with a 20-10 run to take a 91-79 lead going into the fourth quarter. Murray scored five points and assisted on a Torrey Craig 3-pointer to get the run started. Murray is having his best game outside of Game 2 in this series with 19 points and five assists through three quarters.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver has to be encouraged that the game is tied at the half. The Nuggets erased a 12-point deficit and were able to do so despite Paul Millsap and Gary Harris combining for a total of three points and 1-for-12 shooting in the first two quarters. Both Nuggets have been solid offensively this series. However, the two have helped Denver in areas that Michael Malone highlighted -- defense and on the glass, where it is tied 27-27 in rebounds at the half.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The two star big men in this series made their presence felt in the first half. Nikola Jokic had a double-double by halftime with 16 points and 10 rebounds to go with five assists. LaMarcus Aldridge, who had a monster one-handed rebound and putback dunk all in one motion, had 17 points and nine rebounds going into the break.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nuggets close the second quarter with a 20-9 run that has the game tied at 54-54 at the half. Jamal Murray scored seven points and hit Gary Harris with a cross-court pass for a 3-pointer during the run. But the Nuggets' defense came up big. Derrick White, who has had his way with Denver in this series, was limited to just five points and 2-for-6 shooting in the first half. White had a defender in his face and there were no easy layups.

Team Stats

Points Per Game111.718th
Rebounds Per Game44.721st
Assists Per Game24.516th
Points Allowed110.012th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2018-194834.585
2017-184735.573
2016-176121.744
2015-166715.817
2014-155527.671