"A lot of people thought they would beat us", Lillard said of the Thunder. Last but not least, in Game 4, Jokic became the only player in National Basketball Association history to accumulate 29 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists without turning the ball over in a playoff game.
The San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets "set basketball back" in the first half of Game 7, according to Gregg Popovich. "We like our chances either way, but if you can get homecourt you'll take that every time". "How under control and poised does he look?"
For Denver, the trade allowed the team to run the offense more through Jokic, who's blossomed over the past three seasons.
Nuggets: Denver was 2 of 20 from 3-point range. Then Jokic emerged not just as the engine to Denver's offense, but also as their most consistent and productive two-way player. This is the first time a Popovich-coached team has lost consecutive seasons in the first round.Rudy Gay had 21 points, DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes scored 19 each and LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points and 11 rebounds for seventh-seeded Spurs.
While Aldridge's gaffe gained a lot of attention, it wasn't the deciding factor of the game or the series.
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Here is everything you need to know about what happened during this high-scoring Game 1. "Being the center piece of our offense - a guy that makes plays for everybody throughout the night - and defensively, he is guarding every pick and roll or in the post". They were dominating on the offensive boards, and it seemed that with the Spurs' lack of ability to score, they would not be able to catch up.
Denver's stars struggled to hit their shots as well.
The Nuggets never trailed Saturday.
"We'll turn the page and start getting ready for them", Malone said.
Afterwards, Malone praised the way the Serb, who played all 43 minutes, had carried his team through to the Western Conference's semi-finals for the first time in a decade, claiming his displays had "strengthened my belief that he's a future Hall of Famer". He creates space for everybody else. They're already missing Jusuf Nurkic after he broke his leg in an overtime victory at home over the Brooklyn Nets on March 25. "That is what we needed". However, it was for naught as Jokic himself turned in an excellent performance to offset the All-Star point guard's own stellar stat line. Even when he's not making shots, he has a tremendous impact on the game.