Following an embarrassing blowout loss to the lowly Cavaliers on Monday, the Spurs put up a better fight, but still fell to a superior Denver team. San Antonio kept pace with the Nuggets for most of the contest but ran out of steam late, and you have to wonder how the team will manage its energy levels with more than a month left in the season when fatigue is already starting to set in.
The game began with both teams exchanging quick baskets, as the Spurs created good looks with a free-flowing offense that relied on motion and ball movement. Meanwhile, Denver utilized Nikola Jokic’s transcendent passing by cutting to the basket since they knew that the Joker would find them no matter how little room he had. With the Nuggets’ recent acquisition of Aaron Gordon, they now have one of the biggest starting lineups in the league, and this was especially evident when it came to rebounding; Denver generated numerous second chances off of their own misses, and Michael Porter Jr. grabbed seven boards in the first quarter alone.