Nuggets 117, Spurs 109: What did they say after the game?
The San Antonio Spurs could not withstand a Nuggets' fourth quarter-surge, losing another game on their Rodeo Road Trip, 117-109 in Denver.
The Spurs held a 10-point lead in the second-half, only to falter in the final period, scoring 19 points while the Nuggets took control of the game with 30 points to seal a win.
With the team depleted heading into the game, already out LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay and Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs saw Manu Ginobili leave the game in the second-half to right foot soreness.
Denver out-scored the Spurs in the paint 64-46, and scored 20 points off 19 Spurs turnovers. Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for Denver.
San Antonio now drops to 35-24 on the season and 1-3 on their Rodeo Road Trip.
Here is a sampling of what the teams said after the game.
Spurs' Gregg Popovich on the game:
"I thought we played hard. We need to make a few more shots, made some mistakes down the stretch, but it was a good game."
Spurs' Pau Gasol on the loss:
“We made some poor choices offensively, a few turnovers we had in a row and [Denver] capitalized with easy transition points and that’s when they broke the game open. It’s tough back-to-back when you do that."
Gasol on play of Joffrey Lauvergne:
"Joffrey played great. He came out ready to play and had a career night and there is no doubt about it. So, I’m happy to see him play as well as he did tonight."
Spurs' Tony Parker on the upcoming break:
"We are going to use that break, get back some energy and try to make a run. It’s going to be twenty-some games left and we are going to have to get it going.”
Parker on team's standing in the West:
"We are still in third place and that’s very good when you take into consideration all the things that have happened to us, all of the injuries, to be in third place in the west right now, that’s pretty good.”
Nuggets Head Coach Mike Malone:
"Anytime you can beat a team like that, continue to protect your home court and play well as we head into the All-Star break, it is a good thing. I don’t care who plays for them. They have the best coach in NBA history. They are always going to play the right way."
Nuggets' Jamal Murray on Spurs:
“They just play the right way. They hit the open guy. Tony Parker does a great job running the team.[Dejounte] Murray does a great job getting into the paint."