Looking Back on Denver Nuggets’ NBA Playoff History

Spurs upset Jokic, No. 2 Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets will be trying to bounce back from their game-one loss and avoid falling into a 0-2 hole when they take on the San Antonio Spurs in the second game of their seven-game first round series on Tuesday night. DeRozan was benched in the essential portions of the game a year ago in a Raptors uniform, but this season as a Spur, he demonstrated why he deserves to be on the court.

Asked what adjustments he had in mind for Game 2, Malone said simply, "Make shots".

Making smart shooting choices, the Spurs did more of the same in Game 1, outshooting the young Nuggets. Given their overall lack of experience in spite of their talent, the Nuggets' ceiling was murky at best, and things weren't made any easier with a matchup against the battle-tested San Antonio Spurs.

Denver allowed the Spurs to slow down the pace of the series opener and they really never looked comfortable in the game.

Their 21.4% from three was their fourth-worst mark this season, with Jokic (0-of-3), Jamal Murray (0-of-6), Gary Harris (1-of-3), Paul Millsap (1-of-5) and Will Barton (1-of-5) all struggling from range.

"We are familiar with them", Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee said.

Aldridge, who shot just 6-of-19 along the way to 15 points, said this is what everyone can expect the rest of the way in this whole series, too.

While the stat-line is impressive, the Nuggets will need Jokic to be more aggressive looking for his own shot as the series wears on.

Rudy Regulates: Rudy Gay came off the bench ready to contribute to the Spurs' early-game tempo.

The second half was a much different story from Denver's perspective as they opened the third quarter on an 8-3 run to make it a one-possession game.

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Jokic hit two free throws and Millsap one to close it out.

"We're playing San Antonio".

The Jazz star guard was held to 19 points on 7-18 shooting, mostly by terrific defense from Gordon. Denver ended up outscoring the Spurs 17-13 in the third quarter as they were certainly trending in the right direction heading into the final 12 minutes of play.

"We didn't give up", Jokic told the crowd after the Nuggets pulled out the improbable win by scoring the game's final 15 points.

DeRozan has 51 National Basketball Association playoff games under his belt, all with the Toronto Raptors.

A year ago in the Rockets conference semifinal triumph over the Jazz, Paul was second on the team in scoring (24.6 points per game), he was second on the team in rebounding (7.0 rebounds per game) and second on the team in assists (6.2 assists per game.) His ability to knock down shots from the midrange and find those shots as Jazz closed out on the shooters was invaluable in the Rockets making quick work of Utah.

The San Antonio Spurs endured the come-back of the Denver Nuggets and earned the victory to "steal" the home-court advantage (96-101). Jokic has averaged 16.8 points and totaled 10.1 rebounds while shooting 48.4 percent over the last 10 games for Denver.

Malik Beasley #25 of the Denver Nuggets is helped up by his teammates during the game against the Washington Wizards on March 31, 2019 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

James Harden and Clint Capela posted double-doubles, and the Houston Rockets rolled to a 122-90 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series with the visiting Utah Jazz on Sunday.

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