Derrick White (36 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists), DeMar DeRozan (25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists) and LaMarcus Aldridge (18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists) helped San Antonio in 16- 0 Denver took a 2-1 lead in the second round. Nikola Jokic of Denver (22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) and Malik Beasley (17 points and 9 rebounds) used the Nuggets, who have lost 14 games since March 2012 in San Antonio.
- ] Both teams shot with all San Antonio starters who were not named Jakob Poeltl, while Paul Millsap shot with three early baskets. Derrick White proved to be adept at finding lanes early on, including three bullet-shaped rim finishes. Nikola Jokic had two deep strokes to deliver the perimeter shooters from Denver, and Gary Harris found his shot. Jamal Murray, an 85% free-throw shooter this year, missed his first "TWO SHOTS" tonight. After Poeltl had caught his second foul, the Spurs took advantage of Rudy Gay and LaMarcus Aldridge's build-up to advance to 23-1
- The Nuggets Bank exploded for 16 points in the second second, led by Beasley's solid shoot-out, taking a seven-point advantage. Their Spur counterparts cast a few uncharacteristic stones in response. An attack on the Craig offensive between the four Spurs led to a technical foul on DeRozan for demanding a missed recall. By that time Denver had made eight of the first 13 threes to extend his lead to ten. After White had opted for a silky sweater, Sean Elliott exclaimed, "He just knows how to get a shot!" Jokic then picked up a technique because he argued a disgusting phone call. A driving break-in from Millsap was followed by a white-twist layup between several Denver greats for his 20th spot. Yet another driver, driven by White on the road, finished a 13: 2-Spurslauf to increase them by one.
- It seemed that the only way to stop Millsap was because Aldridge had a third foul on him. The first hack-a-plumlee in the series occurred when San Antonio sent him for two misses to the line. Poeltl, Aldridge and Gay gave the Nuggets-Bigs a handful on the offensive boards, with Millsap (3), Plumlee (3) and Jokic (2) having rude reservations. An emphatic white steal and breakaway conclusion brought a very hectic first half to an end, making it 61-58 Spurs. White led San Antonio with 26 points to a cool, efficient 11-15 shooting range, while Millsap and Jokic drove 11 points per person and 23 points from their bench to Denver.
- Jokic scored his third three in the game to tie him to 61. DeRozan, however, asserted himself with a series of nice conversions. White made his presence known as he almost blocked a Murray pull-up sweater, forcing DeMar's quick break to bring Spurs' lead to seven. A series of "Beautiful Game" sweep sequences produced a DeRozan Dunk and then Jokic's third foul on a ride on Forbes. White mimed a Murray ride on the baseline, which led to a quick DeMar break layup at the other end. DeRozan started in the quarter with a perfect 6-for-6 quarter, and Jokic became more of a scorer with several tricks. An important Poeltl tip pushed the track track back to five. Morris continued the bank's success in attacking the Spurs rim. DeMar ended the third quarter with 18 points to support the inevitable push through the Nugget Bank. San Antonio came in fourth with 88-84.
- Rudy Gay went straight to Plumlee to start the Spurs, while Beasley started his own 5-0 run to keep Denver down. White fended off a reaching Murray to score an and-1 on a frustrated Millsap, and then played between a heated Murray and Poeltl peacemaker. Again, Pop had problems attracting the referees' attention to call for a break. An Aldridge tip from a Forbes miss and a lay-in after a Millsap flop made it 105-91. Donatas Motiejunas was late in the game on the scoreboard.
- Poeltl seems to have improved the execution of his dribble handovers.
- White's 26 points in half were surpassed only by Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.
- MCL Count (Marco Crazy Leaners) – 2. His first left-wing goal was the first team goal in the second. The other scored the Spurs by seven points in the fourth quarter.
- Jokic has earned a reputation for maintaining a suboptimal level of fitness. After a lazy foul in the first hour on an Aldridge ride, I wondered if some of these fouls were due to bad conditioning or under-average habits – and if a trimmer Nikola could be a decent two-way path
- The Spur Guardsman Dejounte Murray has led this playoff run noticeably around the team, which could not have been said of a particular nephew last year.
- The Whataburger Flying Fries home game should be made available to us out-of-state fans.
The two teams will stay at Alamo City on Saturday, April 20, at 4:30 pm (CDT) for Game 4. I wish you a great night, Pounders!