The San Antonio Spurs came up short in Game Two against the Nuggets, but it was encouraging to see their two stars bounce back after rough performances in Game One.
The San Antonio Spurs were hoping to take one game from the Nuggets in Denver before returning to Texas for Game Three.
They accomplished that goal with an intense win in Game One, so they were playing with house money in Denver on Tuesday night in Game Two.
The Spurs led by 10 points at halftime, but a brilliant comeback from the Nuggets, led by Jamal Murray‘s 21 fourth quarter points, and some questionable calls from the refs, including a crucial technical foul against Gregg Popovich, helped Denver secure their first win of the series.
Unfortunately, the Spurs’ second half collapse negates the fact that LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan each had stellar performances in Game Two after both of them struggled finding their shot during Game One.
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San Antonio’s two star players combined to score just 33 points (Derozan: 18 points, Aldridge: 15 points) in Game One on a combined 12-of-36 from the floor (DeRozan: 6-for-17, Aldridge: 6-for-19) in the first game of this series.
They both bounced back with some stellar numbers in Game Two, even though it wasn’t enough to give the Spurs a commanding 2-0 series lead.
DeRozan led the way with 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting and a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line.
While DeMar only dished out 2 assists after racking up 6 of them in Game One, he did contribute in other areas of the box score with 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and only 1 turnover.
LaMarcus Aldridge also had a strong night, even though he wasn’t quite as efficient as his fellow star.
Aldridge finished Game Two with 24 points while going 8-for-20 from the floor with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and just 1 turnover.
Like DeRozan, Aldridge did a good job of getting to the line for 10 attempts which helped him get back into a rhythm after he couldn’t find his shot in Game One.
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Outside of another great night from Derrick White, DeRozan and Aldridge didn’t get enough help from the role players to pull out their second victory in Denver.
Hopefully Aldridge and DeRozan can keep up this type of scoring while the role players improve their performance as this series heads back to San Antonio for Games Three and Four.