In a match laden with some antics from San Antonio Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich, the Denver Nuggets dealt a body blow to the Spurs with a 113-85 win at the Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado.
Nikola Jokic was the highlight of the Nuggets’ high octane win where he was just one assist short of a triple-double on Wednesday night as he led the Denver Nuggets to a blowout of the San Antonio Spurs.
The match saw Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ejected just 63 seconds into the game. Coach "Pop" called a timeout with the Spurs trailing 5-0 and quickly started arguing with a game official who called him for a technical foul.
Popovich didn't relent, and was soon given a second technical foul and eventually ejected at 1:03 of the first quarter. It is believed to be one of the quickest ejection of a coach since Flip Saunders of the Wizards was tossed 1:46 into a game at Boston in 2012.
Popovich had some fun with it when he crashed Nuggets head coach Mike Malone's post-game press conference, feigning surprise at Malone's report that "Somebody got thrown out in 63 seconds."
The Spurs did not have much to smile about as the Nuggets, second in the West behind the Golden State Warriors, dominated hands down.
Jokic scored 20 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and handed out nine assists. Jamal Murray finished with 14 points, 11 assists and six rebounds and Monte Morris and Malik Beasley scored 19 points apiece as the Nuggets snapped a two-game loss.
"My favorite stat tonight is 41 assists," Malone said. "You make 47 shots with 41 assists, that's what we stressed today.
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