Gary Harris acquired free for a slam. Then Wilson Chandler discovered area beneath for a layup. And then Chandler streaked out in transition for an additional end to push the Nuggets’ benefit to double digits.
Those three inside conversions highlighted Denver’s huge ultimate quarter to drag away from short-handed San Antonio 117-109 on the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night time within the Nuggets’ ultimate dwelling recreation earlier than the all-star break.
The Nuggets (31-26), who have been led by Nikola Jokic‘s triple-double (23 factors, 13 rebounds, 11 assists), have received eight of their final 11 video games and moved right into a tie for the sixth spot with Portland within the Western Conference playoff standings. New Orleans (30-26) is a half-game again in eighth and the Los Angeles Clippers (29-26) are one recreation again, at present out of the playoffs in ninth.
Denver took management down the stretch in what started as a back-and-forth fourth quarter. Will Barton ignited the group with a comply with dunk to offer the Nuggets a 101-100 lead with 7:49 to play, earlier than newly acquired Devin Harris drilled a Three-pointer to stretch that result in 4 factors and a Gary Harris baseline jumper prolonged that benefit to 108-103 with 6:11 to go. Overall, Denver outscored San Antonio 30-19 within the fourth quarter.
The Nuggets, who amassed 64 factors within the paint, had six gamers in double figures. They acquired 20 factors, 5 rebounds and 6 assists from Barton. Jamal Murray, who was initially listed as questionable to play due to chest soreness, added 17 factors and 5 rebounds, whereas Chandler completed with 17 factors, eight rebounds and 5 assists.
Denver briefly surged forward after halftime with a 13-6 run to start out the third quarter, that lead reaching 4 factors on three events together with when a Chandler jumper made the rating 79-75 on the 5:24 mark. But San Antonio answered with a 13-2 run to retake a three-point lead heading into the ultimate body.
With LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay and Kawhi Leonard all out due to accidents, San Antonio’s offense got here from distinctive sources. Joffrey Lauvergne totaled a double-double (career-high 26 factors, 11 rebounds) in 24 minutes off the bench, whereas veteran level guard Tony Parker completed with 17 factors and 4 assists.
Denver performs at Milwaukee on Thursday in its ultimate contest earlier than the all-star break.