DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray neglected his first 8 pictures ahead of a sizzling fourth quarter during which he scored 21 of his 24 issues, main the Denver Nuggets previous the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 on Tuesday evening and knotting their playoff collection at a sport apiece.
The Nuggets have been in peril of shedding a 2d immediately sport on the Pepsi Heart after posting the NBA’s very best house report (34-7) throughout the common season. They trailed 78-59 overdue within the 3rd quarter ahead of last the sport on a 55-27 run.
“We gave up 38 issues (in truth, 39) within the fourth quarter. Finish of tale,” fumed Spurs trainer Gregg Popovich, who drew a technical foul throughout the Nuggets’ comeback.
Nuggets trainer Michael Malone mentioned he by no means regarded as benching Murray as a result of he didn’t need to weigh down his self belief. He mentioned he took him apart at halftime and advised him to take a deep breath and consider his pictures would get started falling.
Mason Plumlee reacts throughout the Nuggets’ win over the Spurs. (Photograph: Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports activities)
“By no means as soon as did I take into accounts pulling him from the lineup,” Malone mentioned.
Just right factor, too, as a result of Murray, the goat in Sport 1 after lacking an open jumper and turning the ball over within the last seconds, would possibly have salvaged the Nuggets’ season whilst going eight for nine within the fourth quarter.
The collection shifts to San Antonio, the place the Nuggets haven’t gained since 2012, for Sport three on Thursday evening.
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Paul Millsap added 20 issues for Denver and Nikola Jokic simply neglected his 2d triple-double of the collection, scoring 21 issues, flattening 13 rebounds and shelling out 8 assists.
The Spurs were given 31 issues from DeMar DeRozan, 24 from LaMarcus Aldridge and 17 from Derrick White.
San Antonio led 78-59 with 4½ mins left within the 3rd quarter ahead of the Nuggets began their comeback, slicing it to seven issues getting into the fourth quarter.
They tied it at 95 on Murray’s jumper halfway throughout the duration, then took their first lead because the first quarter when Murray sank two loose throws with four:50 final for a 99-97 lead.
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San Antonio: The Spurs fell to 21-7 towards Denver within the playoffs. They’d gained seven in their final 12 video games in Denver, together with the common season.
Denver: The Nuggets after all discovered their offensive rhythm however no longer ahead of falling in the back of by means of 19 within the first part and hitting the locker room trailing 59-49 at halftime. … The Nuggets ended a seven-game house shedding streak to San Antonio within the playoffs.
The collection shifts to San Antonio for Sport three Thursday evening (nine p.m. ET on NBATV).