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Stats of the Game: Spurs vs. Nuggets

Wilson Chandler hit a go-ahead jumper with 29.3 seconds remaining and the Denver Nuggets (43-29) beat the San Antonio Spurs (57-14) 115-112 at the Pepsi Center.

The Spurs played their first game since losing Tim Duncan indefinitely to a left ankle sprain in Monday night’s night win over the Golden State Warriors.

Rookie center Tiago Splitter got the start in place of Duncan and had a quiet night, scoring four points and stayed on the bench after picking up his fourth foul with 5:37 left in the third quarter.

It’s time to look at the numbers that stood out in this Spurs’ loss.

88.5 – The Spurs shot 23-of-26 (88.5%) from the free throw line, including 4-of-4 from Richard Jefferson. The Nuggets had a huge edge on free throw attempts but did not take advantage of it, making only 25-of-39 (64.1%) of their foul shots.

57.1 – The Nuggets shot very well from the beyond arc, making 12-of-21 (57.1%) three-point goal attempts while the Spurs went 13-of-32 (40.6%) from behind the arc.

50.6 - Denver connected on 39-of-77 (50.6%) shots from the floor while San Antonio made 38-of-88 (43.2%) of their field goal attempts.

45 – The Spurs won the rebounding battle, outrebounding the Nuggets 45-42

38 – San Antonio had a good inside game, outscoring Denver 38-32.

27 – Al Harrington had a game-high 27 points and added three rebounds, two assists and one steal for Denver.

25Gary Neal led the Spurs with 25 points, including 6-of-8 from the three-point line.

21 – The Nuggets dominated in transition, outscoring the Spurs 21-2 on fast break points.

20Manu Ginobili added 20 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block for San Antonio.

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– Tony Parker chipped in 19 points, five assists and two rebounds for the Spurs.

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 –  J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton added 18 points each for Denver.

13 – Antonio McDyess had a double-double for the Spurs scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 boards while Danilo Gallinari added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Nuggets.

8DeJuan Blair scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds and had two assists and two blocks off the Spurs’ bench. Nene had eight points and 10 rebounds while Chandler had eight points including the go-ahead basket and added six blocks and four rebounds for Denver. 

7 – Matt Bonner and George Hill scored seven points apiece for San Antonio.

0McDyess, Bonner and Hill had zero turnovers for the entire game.

Rookie Watch: Neal had 25 points and five rebounds in 24 minutes of action, Tiago Splitter had four points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in his second start of the season, James Anderson did not play.

Game Notes: The 69 point total by the Spurs in the first half was three shy of their season high. After providing impressive shooting during the last two games, Steve Novak did not get any playing time against the Nuggets.

What’s Next? The Spurs will visit the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden on Friday.

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Stats of the Game: Spurs vs. Nuggets

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With trade rumors surrounding the Denver Nuggets, the San Antonio Spurs took advantage beating the Nuggets for the third time in as many tries this season.

The Spurs blew the game open with a 33-7 run in the second quarter en route to a 110-97 victory and extended their winning streak to six games.

Now it’s time to look at the numbers on this Spurs’ recent win.

52 – The Nuggets dominated inside the paint, outscoring the Spurs 52-22 on inside points.

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- The Spurs shot the ball well from the field, making 35-68 (51.5%) of their shot attempts. The Nuggets made 37-86 (43%) of their field goals.

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– San Antonio hit their shots from behind the arc, connecting 11-22 (50%) of their 3-pointers. Denver made just 6-16 (37.5%) of their shots from the 3-point area.

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- The Spurs controlled the boards, outrebounding the Nuggets 47-38.

30 – Tony Parker had a game-high 30 points and added seven rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Spurs.

19Despite winning the game by a large margin, the Spurs were particularly sloppy committing 19 turnovers compared to the Nuggets’ 10.

18Manu Ginobili chipped in 18 points and seven dimes for San Antonio while Al Harrington scored 18 points off the Nugget’s bench.

17 – Nene had a solid game for the Nuggets, as he scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and added five steals.

16 – Tim Duncan scored just nine points in 34 minutes, but grabbed 16 boards and blocked three shots for the Spurs.

15The Nuggets had 15 steals for the game, the Spurs only had seven, but they edge the Nuggets on fast break points 15-14

14George Hill and Gary Neal led the Spurs’ bench with 14 points a piece. Both players also shot a similar 3-5 from beyond the arc.

0 – Richard Jefferson and Neal did not commit a single turnover for the entire game. 

Rookie Watch: Neal scored 14 points, grabbed two rebounds and had one assists in 24 minutes. Tiago Splitter had six points, three rebounds and one block in 14 minutes of playing time.

What’s Next? The Spurs will host the Toronto Raptors at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Wednesday.

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Stats of the Game: Spurs vs. Nuggets

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For the second straight night, Manu Ginobili helped the San Antonio Spurs to win another close game.

One night after drilling the game winner against the Milwaukee Bucks, this time Ginobili sparked a Spurs run in the final period and drew an offensive foul from Carmelo Anthony that sealed the Spurs’ victory.

Here are some of the numbers that stood out in this thrilling game.

52The Spurs won the inside battle, outscoring the Nuggets 52-42.
 
50 – The Nuggets made their outside shots, making 7-14 (50%) of their 3 point attempts. The Spurs made only 9-26 (34.6%) shots from beyond the arc.

42 – The Spurs controlled the boards, out rebounding the Nuggets 42-36.

31 – Carmelo Anthony had game-high 31 points and added nine rebounds for the Nuggets.

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Tim Duncan just reminded everyone that he’s still one of the best bigs in the league. He stuffed the score sheet with 28 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and one steal.

26 – The Spurs did a better job of sharing the ball, they had 26 dimes compared to the Nuggets’ 20.

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 – Tony Parker added 24 points and nine assists for San Antonio.

10Matt Bonner led the Spurs bench with 10 points on 3-4 shooting from three-point range.

6 – After leaving the game early against Milwaukee because of hyper-extended knee, DeJuan managed to score six points in 14 minutes of action. Antonio McDyess and Gary Neal scored six points a piece off the bench. McDyess went 3-3 from the field. 

2 – George Hill scored just two points, grabbed two rebounds and had four assists in 33 minutes of playing time.

0 – Duncan, Bonner and Neal did not commit a single turnover for the entire game.

Rookie Watch: Gary Neal had six points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes of action. Tiago Splitter did not play, one night after suffering a right abductor contusion. 

What’s Next? The Spurs will host the Memphis Grizzlies at the AT&T Center on Saturday to start their three game home-stand.

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