Nuggets beat Spurs 117-103 to tie first round series at 2-2

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Murray added 24 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs 117-103 last Saturday night, rebounding from a flat performance to tie the first-round series at two games apiece.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and nine rebounds for San Antonio. DeMar DeRozan added 19 points before he was ejected with five minutes remaining after arguing with an official over an offensive foul.

Game 5 is tomorrow night in Denver.

The Nuggets were more aggressive and physical after a deflating Game 3 loss, just as Denver coach Michael Malone had hoped.

“I want to see some emotion. I want to see some fire. I want to see some passion,” Malone said prior to the game.

Malone was able to stir that fire with a couple of changes after Derrick White’s 36-point outing in San Antonio’s Game 3 victory.

Torrey Craig started over a struggling Will Barton and was charged with defending White to open the game, with Murray switching to Bryn Forbes. The moves proved beneficial, if not at first.

White was limited to eight points on three-for-eight shooting after going 15 for 21 last Thursday. Craig finished with 18 points, going five for seven on three-pointers.

Barton finished with 12 points and made all three of his three-point attempts.

Denver Nuggets centre Nikola Jokic (15) is defended by San Antonio Spurs centre Jakob Poeltl (25) as he tries to score during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA playoff series between the two teams. – AP