San Antonio Spurs: Takeaways From Win Against Denver Nuggets

By George Middleton

On Tuesday night the San Antonio Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets 109-99. The Spurs have now won four straight games.

The game was very close throughout, as the Spurs were up 51-48 at the half and 80-76 through three quarters. In the fourth quarter the Spurs took control of the game as they went up by as many as 14 points.

The difference in the game was three-point shooting, as the Spurs made 11 of 27 threes and the Nuggets made 5 of 14.

The Spurs also did a terrific job of making free-throws, as they went 22 of 27 (82%).

Kenneth Faried was spectacular for the Denver Nuggets in the loss, he finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

Positive Side

-109 Points Scored

-11-27 Threes (41%)

-22-27 Free-Throws (82%)

-27 Assists

Star of the Game

Jan 20, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard

Arron Afflalo

(10) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs forward

Kawhi Leonard

(2) during the second half at Pepsi Center. The Spurs won 109-99. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Kawhi Leonard was sensational on Tuesday night. While other Spurs, like Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were certainly deserving of being stars of the game, it was Leonard who shined brightest. He finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Duncan had 16 points and Parker finished with 18 points and 7 assists.

Negative Side

-Allowed 56 Points in the Paint

-16 Turnovers

-4 Fast-Break Points

Spurs Player That Could’ve Stepped Up

Jan 20, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard

Danny Green

(14) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo (10) during the first half at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Green struggled against the Nuggets. He went 2-12 from the field and finished with 6 points. It’s not a surprise that he had a bad game, considering the fact that he was averaging 16.7 points in his previous three games. I would bet that Green shoots well on Thursday when the Spurs take on the Chicago Bulls.

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