DeRozan leads Spurs past Nuggets in Game 1, 101-96

Analyzing Nuggets’ Potential Playoff Seeding on The Final Night of The Regular Season

Nikola Jokic overcame suffocating double teams to become the fourth player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double in his playoff debut and the first since LeBron James in 2006. They joined the Nets, who won at Philadelphia, and Magic, who won at Toronto.

The sellout crowd at the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets went 34-7 for the best home record in the league, certainly wanted Jokic to take more shots. Even with Murray struggling with his shot as he made just eight of 24 from the field, the Nuggets were still in the contest which will give them plenty of confidence.

The Nuggets were hoping for a game-tying 3 although they were just 6 of 28 from long range.

"He was spectacular", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "For somebody who got put in that position and to learn that position with a bunch of new players, it's really remarkable what he's done".

There's a lot of buzz around Sunday's opening game between the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets.

Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic tallied a triple-double of 10 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists, but was virtually a non-factor on offense as he nailed only 4 shots out of 9 attempts.

"Donovan got in the lane - we've got to make better decisions".

"To be honest, nothing", Jokic said. "As much as anything, when we played with some force, we had more success", Snyder said. He had 43 points and 12 rebounds in a 125-98 win at Utah on February 2 the last time the clubs met. Reserve Kenneth Faried also scored 11.

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The Rockets led by 17 when Harden re-entered the game about a minute later.

The Spurs came out cold in the second half and the Nuggets pulled to 62-59.

It also mattered little to the San Antonio Spurs, who beat the Denver Nuggets 101-96 in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series Saturday night. So, coach Michael Malone said before tip-off he expected his team to come out a bundle of nerves.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Denver.

The gap in playoff experience was on display in Game One as most of San Antonio's players looked comfortable in a postseason setting while some of Denver's key players were intimidated under the bright lights.

Against Utah, Gordon will be crucial because Houston will need him to not only be hitting shots, but for his ball-handling ability as the Rockets will have to constantly be keeping the pressure on the Jazz's defense to tire them out.

LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs prove their playoff mettle.

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