Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs haven’t lost an NBA basketball game since February 21st, and they weren’t about to start on Friday night, as they rolled into Denver and blew out the Nuggets by the final score of 133-102.
This was a “Spurs-like” performance in every sense of the word, but one member of their roster had a bigger night than anyone could have predicted. Sharpshooting wing Marco Belinelli exploded for 27 points, including 6 for 9 from the 3-point line, and that was just the surface of the offensive demolition put together by San Antonio for their 16th consecutive win.
The aforementioned Tim Duncan played only 22 minutes on the night, but the future Hall of Famer put up 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, and he was flanked by big nights from Patty Mills (16 points, 6 rebounds) and Tiago Splitter (8 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists). As a team, San Antonio shot a blistering 56% from the floor and 54% from 3-point distance, and when you throw in 37 assists on 55 made field goals, it becomes comical in the way of its efficiency.
On the Nuggets side, it was a nice evening from Randy Foye (20 points) and Kawhi Leonard (18 points, 13 rebounds), but that was the extent of the positivity. Even in their home building, the lottery-bound Nuggets had no answers against San Antonio, and this one was over before the halftime break even commenced.