In the San Antonio Spurs’ six point loss Wednesday, the Denver Nuggets outscored the Spurs 43-37 in the fourth quarter.
One buffer the Nuggets used in the fourth was their ability to make 5-of-7 three pointers compared to the Spurs’ 2-of-5 shots from distance.
This game film looks at the Nuggets’ five made 3s in the fourth and some miscommunication errors the Spurs made or how they left some of the Denver shooters too much room for open 3s.
Even though the Nuggets’ size was an issue for the Spurs with Denver collecting 14 offensive boards, it was actually Denver’s ability to make jump shots which was the difference in the game.
No team had a scoring advantage in the paint, as both teams scored 56 points from there. At the free throw line, the Spurs outscored Denver by five points.
From three, the Nuggets outscored the Spurs by nine points, making 14 total 3s compared to the Spurs’ 11. On mid-range jumpers, the Nuggets had one more mid-range make than the Spurs, as they outscored San Antonio 16-14 from mid-range.
Prior to the shutdown of the season, the biggest gap for the Spurs this season was the 3-point line. In the first half of their game Wednesday, the Spurs were actually winning the battle at the 3-point line, but they weren’t able to hold that advantage in the second half.
After the game, I asked Derrick White about Denver’s three point shooting in the second half.
“I don’t know the numbers exactly, but I guess it wasn’t great,” said White of Nuggets’ made 3-pointers in the second half. “Jokic hit a couple there in the third trying to get them back into the game and then Porter hit some big ones. They all kind of hit some big threes down the stretch to keep us at bay.”