The San Antonio Spurs overcame a hot-shooting night from the Denver Nuggets to score a 118-108 win in Game 3 of their first-round series on Thursday at the AT&T Center.
The Nuggets looked poise to regain homecourt advantage after losing it with a loss in their series opener. Denver shot an impressive 15-for-29 clip from beyond the arc, according to ESPN. The Nuggets bench also played better than their Spurs counterparts, scoring 50 points against the 19 markers from San Antonio’s reserves.
However, the Spurs managed to score a 10-point win to maintain homecourt advantage in the series. San Antonio had 14 more conversions from the free-throw line, had six more offensive rebounds, and also forced Denver to commit 13 turnovers in the game.
Derrick White also had a career night for the Spurs, as he finished with 36 points on top of five rebounds, five assists, and three steals for the Spurs. DeMar DeRozan exploded for 25 points and added five assists, while LaMarcus Aldridge finished with a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to go along with five assists.
Starters Jakob Poeltl and Bryn Forbes posted 10 points apiece, while Rudy Gay provided a huge lift off the bench with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Spurs were just ahead by four points early in the final period, but unleashed a huge rally and led by as much as 20 points en route to the win.
San Antonio, the seventh seed in the Western Conference, is now ahead in the series, 2-1. They will look to put the Nuggets on the brink of elimination when they collide again on Saturday in San Antonio.