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NBA: Nuggets build early lead, blow out Spurs

/ 05:35 PM November 06, 2022

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Nov 5, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Bones Hyland (3) controls the ball as San Antonio Spurs guard Jordan Hall (55) defends in the fourth quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Bones Hyland scored 24 points, Nikola Jokic trailed close behind with 21 on 9-of-10 shooting and added 10 assists and the host Denver Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs 126-101 on Saturday night.

Michael Porter Jr. finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, Jamal Murray had 13 points and nine assists, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 12 points and DeAndre Jordan had 10 for the Nuggets.

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Keldon Johnson had a game-high 25 points, Devin Vassell scored 20 and Jakob Poeltl finished with 14 for San Antonio, which has lost three straight.

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The game was tied midway through the first period when Denver started to build a lead it would never relinquish.

Gorgui Dieng’s 3-pointer got the Spurs within 23-21, but Jokic hit two free throws and a floater around a layup from Caldwell-Pope, Jeff Green made a layup and Brown converted a three-point play in a nine-point run that put the Nuggets ahead by 11.

Josh Richardson’s short jumper stopped the run but a pair of 3-pointers and a step-back jumper from Hyland capped the 17-6 spurt to close out the first quarter.

Denver continued to build on its lead, going ahead by 21 early in the second quarter and 58-35 halfway through the period. Vassell drained a pair of 3-pointers in a 10-0 San Antonio run that cut the deficit to 13.

The Nuggets responded to take a 70-51 lead into halftime.

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Two Denver turnovers early in the third allowed the Spurs to get within 15, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way.

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Jokic hit two short jumpers and then fed Porter for a 3-pointer and a layup that increased the Nuggets’ lead to 86-59. Jokic made another short jumper in the lane before Hyland drained two 3-pointers and fed Jordan for an easy lay-in to give Denver a 99-76 lead heading into the fourth.

A 10-3 run to open the final quarter gave the Nuggets a 30-point lead, and Hyland’s finger roll layup with 8:21 left gave them a 113-82 lead, their biggest of the game.

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