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Spurs vs. Nuggets, Preseason Game 3: Recap and highlights

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - OCTOBER 8: Mason Plumlee #24 of the Denver Nuggets shoots the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the preseason game on October 8, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - OCTOBER 8: Mason Plumlee #24 of the Denver Nuggets shoots the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the preseason game on October 8, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs won their second game of the preseason on Sunday afternoon. Let’s take a look at who stood out against the Denver Nuggets.

The San Antonio Spurs stayed home for their third preseason game of 2017. This came against the Denver Nuggets and was not televised, identical to the first two preseason games of October. However, for the second straight matchup, the Black and Silver impressed.

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Before the game started, the Spurs announced Pau Gasol and Patty Mills would not play vs the Nuggets. They were rested. Kyle Anderson, Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker all missed the game, due to injury.

Updated Injury Report for today's preseason game against Denver: pic.twitter.com/0q0QydLjDZ

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 8, 2017

LaMarcus Aldridge delivered another solid preseason performance, with Kawhi Leonard out of the lineup. He had 21 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in a game-high 31 minutes. One 3-pointer was added to his stat line, too.

Bryn Forbes threw up a quick 20 points in 17 minutes, showing off the scoring acumen he displayed in the 2017 Summer League. Four of his seven-made shots were from 3-point range. Forbes notably played the same amount of time as Brandon Paul and three minutes more than Derrick White.

Rudy Gay’s playing time increased from 16 to 22 minutes against the Nuggets. He delivered his best performance with the Spurs, so far, with 11 points and two-made 3-pointers.

It’s still difficult to get a read on this team, as long as Leonard doesn’t play. Any answer toward how San Antonio looks won’t be known until the team gets healthy, potentially on Opening Night. For now, though

At the other end of the court, Nuggets star Nikola Jokic had 19 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Paul Millsap, who only shot two for 10, had 13 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Gary Harris, Will Barton and Mason Plumlee all had double-digit scoring efforts.

Let’s look at some highlights from Sunday’s game:

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— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 8, 2017

B ? R ? Y ? N https://t.co/af1IghhQwI

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 8, 2017

? THHREEEEEEEEE

We shot 11/15 from beyond the arc in the first half ? https://t.co/tZyZi4ZKcV

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 8, 2017

Blocked and blocked. pic.twitter.com/WF6rbKIXKF

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 8, 2017

Throw. It. Down. Dejounte. pic.twitter.com/LDMTYnuH52

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 8, 2017

Throw. It. Down. Dejounte. pic.twitter.com/LDMTYnuH52

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 8, 2017

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The Spurs will play their next game on Tuesday, Oct. 8 against the Orlando Magic. The action kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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