San Antonio Spurs: Takeaways from Win Against Nuggets

By George Middleton

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On Sunday night, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The win comes after the Spurs were upset at home against a hungry Los Angeles Lakers team. Tony Parker missed the contest with a left hamstring strain.

Below are the biggest takeaways from the Spurs win against the Nuggets.

1. Kawhi Leonard Was Great

Kawhi Leonard had a terrific game on Sunday night. Leonard filled the stat sheet, as he finished with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Not only did Leonard have a good game on offense, he was all over the floor on defense. He finished with a career high 6 blocks and 5 steals.

2. Defense

Typically the Nuggets score lots of points, especially at home, on the season they average 103 points. On Sunday that wasn’t the case as they scored 91 points and only shot 41% from the field. The Spurs also forced 21 turnovers and blocked 11 shots. Tim Duncan joined Leonard in the block party, as he had 3 blocks.

3. Ball Movement Exceptional

With Parker out for the Spurs, it’s hard to expect the ball movement to be as sharp as usual. The Spurs didn’t seem to miss Parker as much, as they had 26 assists in the contest. Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with six turnovers. Everyone in the starting lineup had three or four assists, which shows that multiple playmakers were on display against the Nuggets.

4. Tiago Splitter Improving

Tiago Splitter has only played four games so far this season, as he has been out with a calf injury most of the season. Splitter played his best game of the season on Sunday, as he had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. The key was his season high 20 minutes, which means he is getting healthier. Splitter is a big piece for the Spurs, it is important that he stays healthy.

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