Nuggets win Game 7 after Spurs destroy to tainted in shutting seconds


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DENVER (AP) — Time was circuitous down and a San Antonio Spurs couldn’t hear their manager screaming for someone to tainted over all a noise.

That’s one for a Denver crowd.

The Nuggets also are creation some noise.

Nikola Jokic had another triple-double, Jamal Murray strike a purchase floater with 36.8 seconds remaining and a Nuggets hold off a Spurs 90-86 in Game 7 on Saturday night to allege in a postseason for a initial time in a decade.

“I adore a grit, a resiliency, a toughness we played with tonight,” Nuggets manager Michael Malone said. “Even late when they done their run … we never mislaid a composure.”

In a matchup between a Denver group with a youngest playoff register in a West and a savvy Spurs, a second-seeded Nuggets built a 17-point lead in a third entertain usually to see it whittled down to dual with 52 seconds remaining.

Jokic finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, with no pass bigger than a one to set adult Murray’s floater. DeMar DeRozan had a possibility to cut into a necessity though was blocked by Torrey Craig. With time using out, Spurs manager Gregg Popovich yelled and yelled for someone to dedicate a foul, only to lengthen a game. The bark was too loud. The Nuggets were means to radically run out a time and start their celebration.

“After a diversion you’re thinking, ‘Why didn’t they foul?'” Craig said.

Easy: It was only too loud. Denver went an NBA-best 34-7 during home in a unchanging deteriorate and rode a appetite of a packaged residence all a approach to a end.

“I missed it,” LaMarcus Aldridge pronounced of Popovich job a foul. “That’s it.”

Since creation a Western Conference finals in 2009, a Nuggets have bent out in a initial turn on 4 occasions. This was their initial playoff coming in 6 seasons.

Denver will horde third-seeded Portland in a second-round array that starts Monday.

Murray combined 23 points for a Nuggets, who prisoner a Game 7 for a initial time given May 3, 1978, when David Thompson had 37 in a win over a Milwaukee Bucks.

The Nuggets never trailed Saturday.

“Anxiety is a good word,” Malone joked.

Rudy Gay had 21 points for San Antonio, while DeRozan and Bryn Forbes any combined 19. The Spurs fell to 3-4 in Games 7s underneath Popovich.

Jokic incited in another beast game. Jokic showed off his arsenal of shots, even throwing in a sky hook. He played a small some-more than 43 mins — only somewhat down from a 48 mins Malone affianced to play him during pregame.

“Bumps and bruises, whatever,” Jokic said. “You need to quarrel them in this moment.”

Told his numbers for a array — 162 points, 85 rebounds, 64 assists — Jokic responded:

“And win,” he said.

The large male also had a triple-double in Game 1.

“He’s magnificent, magnificent,” Popovich said. “I’ll only leave it during that.”

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