[Editor's note: Staff writer Richard Perez covered the Spurs' 126-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets.]
Coming back from a heartbreaking 104-100 loss to the undefeated New York Knicks, the San Antonio Spurs came out with a chip on their shoulder against the Denver Nuggets.
From tip-off to the sound of the final buzzer, it felt like the Spurs had control and never looked back, burning the Nuggets for 33 points, and holding them to only 15 in the opening quarter. The defense smothered the Nuggets the entire game, allowing the Spurs to cruise to a victory of 126-100.
As the Spurs claimed their eighth victory in the second month of the season, it feels like last year where a loss does not phase them at all. An amazing bounce back for the Spurs as Manu Ginobili lead the scoring with 20 points followed by DeJuan Blair with 19.
Not much other to say on this other than it is just another hard earned victory proving that the Spurs bounce back no matter how crushing a loss may seem.
Lots of offense: In a matchup between the league’s top two scoring teams last season — Denver averaged 104.1 points per game while San Antonio chipped in with 103.7 per game — this is to be expected.
But both offenses were scoring at unsustainable efficiency even for their standards. Their aggregate numbers: 226 points, 52 assists on 86 field goals, 20 3-pointers, 100 points in the paint, 60.7 true shooting percentage.
Manu Ginobili: It was nice to see Ginobili, with career lows in player efficiency rating (PER), true shooting percnetsge and offensive rating, finally put together a game indicative of his skill.
The 35-year-old, suffering from nagging back spasms, led the team in points (20) and 3-pointers (5) while adding four assists.
Next opponent: The Spurs will set their sights on the Clippers as Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and company will roll into town Monday night for a 7:30 p.m. CST tip off. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest as well as NBA League Pass.