For the second time in a week, Manu Ginobili finished off the Denver Nuggets. This time he got some timely help from Gary Neal.
Ginobili and Neal each scored 22 points and buried back-to-back 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter, as the San Antonio Spurs (25-3) beat the Nuggets 109-103 who played without Carmelo Anthony because of the death of his sister.
The Spurs extended their winning streak to 10 games.
Now, it’s time to look at some of the numbers that stood out in this latest Spurs victory.
86.2 – The Nuggets made their free throws hitting 25-29 (86.2%) from the foul line. The Spurs on the other hand just made 15-24 (62.5%) from the free throw line.
50 – The Spurs hit their outside shots connecting 14-28 (50%) from behind the arc, including, 5-7 (71.4%) from Gary Neal. The Nuggets only made 8-25 (32%) from the 3-point line.
46 – Denver dominated the inside game, outscoring the Spurs 46-36 on inside points.
29 – The Spurs outscored the Nuggets 29-14 in the fourth quarter as Denver made just two field goals in the final five minutes of the game.
22 – Ginobili and Neal led the Spurs with 22 points a piece. J.R. Smith and Ty Lawson also had 22 points each for the Nuggets.
20 – Recovering from a wrist injury, Chauncey Billups started at point guard and added 20 points for the Nuggets.
16 – Richard Jefferson scored 16 points on 7-12 shooting from the field in 36 minutes of action. Smith scored 16 of his 22 points in the third quarter alone.
13 – Nene had 13 points for the Nuggets while Matt Bonner scored 13 points off the Spurs’ bench. Both teams committed 13 turnovers for the game.
10 – Gary Neal scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and had his second consecutive 20-point game of the season.
9 – Tim Duncan had nine points and nine boards in 27 minutes for San Antonio.
8 – The Spurs are the eight team in NBA history to start a season 25-3.
2 – Chris Quinn scored two points, dished out three assists, and had one rebound and one steal in 12 minutes of playing time. DeJuan Blair had two points and seven boards for the Spurs.
0 – Antonio McDyess did not attempt a single field goal and went scoreless in three minutes.
Rookie Watch: Gary Neal had 22 points, three assists and two rebounds in 26 minutes of action. Tiago Splitter had 12 points, nine rebounds, one assists and a steal in his most meaningful game of the season.
What’s Next? The Spurs will visit the new-look Orlando Magic at the Amway Center for their second night of a back-to-back.
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