On Thursday, the San Antonio Spurs were handed a surprising 93-81 loss by the Los Angeles Lakers in California. Tonight, they are back home as they host the Denver Nuggets, who are currently looking for their second straight victory. This matchup will mark the first of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season. The Spurs and the Nuggets have battled each other a grand total of 205 times in the past as the Spurs pulled 134 wins while the Denver team had just 71 wins.
Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Torrey Craig (G-League; 3.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 40.5 FG%, 26.1 3P%)
Monte Morris (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
San Antonio Spurs:
Rudy Gay (heel; 11.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.5 APG, 47.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Brandon Paul (3.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 43.4 FG%, 31.8 3P%)
Matt Costello (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Darrun Hilliard (G-League; 0.5 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 11.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
The Spurs would be on their A-game in the first half as they shot fifty-five percent from the field, limiting the Denver team to forty-three percent shooting. Latvia-native Davis Bertans scored 15 points off of the bench which would all come from beyond the arc. LaMarcus Aldridge helped out with 8 points while Kawhi Leonard had 8 points of his own, along with six defensive rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Kyle Anderson played 13 minutes off of the San Antonio bench but was kept to just two points.
On the other end of the court, Nikola Jokic chalked up 16 points while shooting sixty-three percent. He drained two three-pointers while Mason Plumlee donated seven points and two defensive rebounds. Gary Harris scored six points while Jamal Murray dished off two assists. Will Barton played the most minutes off of the bench as he dropped five points but it was the home team who walked in the locker room with a 56-44 benefit.
The Texas team would close things out in the second half as they outscored the visiting team, 56-36. During that run, Kawhi Leonard threw up 11 points while Aldridge had seven points and three rebounds. Bryn Forbes played the most minutes off of the bench as he recorded eight points. Gary Harris scored 12 of the Nuggets’ 36 points but it was the San Antonio Spurs who handed the Denver Nuggets a 112-80 landslide. Kawhi Leonard finished the game with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, and one block. Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals.
The Denver Nuggets will host Harrison Barnes (18.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, 46 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (15-28) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. This matchup will be the second of four times that they will meet up this season. In the past, they have battled each other a total of 178 times as the Nuggets won 86 games while the Mavericks ended up winning 92 games. The last time they saw each other on a court was on December 4 as the Mavericks escaped with a 122-105 win. During that game, Harrison Barnes scored 22 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, and gave out 3 assists while Will Barton finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.
The San Antonio Spurs will travel to Georgia to battle Dennis Schroder (20.1 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.6 APG, 45 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (11-31) on Monday at 3:00 p.m. This will be the second and final time that they play each other this season. The Spurs and the Hawks have met up a grand total of 90 times in the past as the Spurs won 53 games while the Hawks pulled just 37 wins. November 20 was the last time they played each other as the Spurs snuck away with a 96 to 85 win. LaMarcus Aldridge finished that game with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block while John Collins had 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks.