Spurs 112, Nuggets 80: Who shined and who didn't?
The San Antonio Spurs picked up win number 28 on the season, beating the Denver Nuggets, 112-80. With the win the Spurs move to 29-15 on the season.
It was all San Antonio for the majority of the game with multiple players returning from injury including Kawhi Leonard who finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds in his first game back from shoulder injury.
The Spurs held the Nuggets to 16 points in the first period and just 11 points in the final period.
With this blowout win, let’s take a look at who shined and who didn’t for the Spurs.
Continuing his recent hot streak, Bertans came out firing tonight, finishing with 18 points including six three’s.
Bertans was impressive all around, but he what stood out the most was the fact he only missed one shot from behind the arc. Because of this, he was able to help carry the Spurs to this blowout win.
The Spurs have seen their fair share of struggles with injuries this season and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Bertans has shown that he can be that guy to come off the bench and help score the ball when needed.
After struggling in the Spurs’ last game, Bertans bounced back in a huge way tonight and was a played an important part in the win.
Spurs' in-game lulls:
Although the Spurs were able to pick up the lopsided win, the Nuggets were able to string together a few runs.
One of them being in the a quick 6-0 run to start the second half and cut the Spurs’ lead to six.
This wasn’t the only run for Denver either. They were able to go on an 11-0 run in the second quarter.
This is something that the Spurs should be concerned with. Mostly because if they weren’t hitting their shots, then the entire game would have been all Nuggets.
With 15 turnovers as well, this game was saved by the Spurs’ offense. Don’t be surprised to see them come out in their next game with more focus on cleaning up their defense and overall game.
Next: At Atlanta Mon.