Published On: Fri, Apr 26th, 2019

Spurs drub No. 2 Nuggets to force Game 7

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The seventh-ranked Spurs stay alive behind the big games of LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan

Published 11:17 AM, April 26, 2019

Updated 11:22 AM, April 26, 2019

TAKE CHARGE. DeMar DeRozan takes over to fuel the Spurs’ dominant second half against the Nuggets. Photo from NBA Twitter

TAKE CHARGE. DeMar DeRozan takes over to fuel the Spurs’ dominant second half against the Nuggets. Photo from NBA Twitter

MANILA, Philippines – The San Antonio Spurs’ playoff experience again came in full show.

LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan took over as the Spurs blasted the No. 2 Denver Nuggets, 120-103, to force a Game 7 in their NBA Western Conference first-round playoff matchup on Thursday, April 25 (Friday, April 26, Manila time).

The seventh-ranked Spurs stayed alive even as Denver’s All-Star center Nikola Jokic erupted for 43 points on top of 12 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals and a block

“Things worked out for us tonight,” said coach Gregg Popovich after his Spurs tied the best-of-seven series at 3-3.

Aldridge dropped 18 of his 26 points in the first half and also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 5 assists.

By the second half, DeRozan took over by also firing 18 of his 25 points in the closing quarters and tallying 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

The Spurs unleashed a 22-4 run in the second half that allowed them to pull away for good, 110-89, after a tight duel, 88-85, late in the 3rd.

“We have to see why that run happened,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone.

Jamal Murray had 16 points and 6 assists and Gary Harris also scored 14 for the Nuggets.

The No. 2 Nuggets will try to close out the series again in Game 7 on Saturday night (Sunday, Manila time) in Denver.

“Any team that’s facing elimination isn’t just going to roll over,” said Malone. – Rappler.com

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