Spurs Remain Unbeaten At Home
The San Antonio Spurs escaped with their sixth straight win over the Denver Nuggets at home, 121-117, to top all teams with the best and unbeaten record at home to start the season.
Danny Green led all scorers for the Spurs with 24 points. Shooting 3-for-4 in the three-point area and a perfect 3-for-3 in the foul line, Green’s last two free throws were actually the ones that mattered, as he got them all to ice the game with 3.6 seconds left. Richard Jefferson, who shot 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, and Tony Parker each chipped 19 points, while Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair and Gary Neal each had 10.
Danilo Gallinari notched 31 points to tie his career-high, but that wasn’t enough to hand them what would have been their fifth straight win. Ty Lawson scored 20 points and dished 10 assists, while Al Harrington scored 19 for Denver.
The game was actually a tight one towards the stretch, but it was the early 12-point lead by San Antonio during the first quarter at 37-25 that helped them enter in each of the next three quarters with control. A close look at the stats reveals San Antonio was better than Denver by just three field goals made, one three-point shot made, five rebounds and two assists. The Spurs however, never relinquished their lead throughout the game.
This is the third straight win for San Antonio since Manu Ginobili went down with a broken finger. Since then, TJ Ford has been doing a tremendous job in the guard position, stepping up to the void left by the Argentinian all-star. Other players like Green, Matt Bonner, Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard have been stepping up with big contributions to their scoreboard.
San Antonio’s Sunday away game will be against the sizzling Oklahoma City Thunder, who is right now at the top of the Western Conference standings with a 7-2 record.