Spurs buck slow start to crush Nuggets, deal Denver fourth straight loss
LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for San Antonio with 28 points. AP

THE San Antonio Spurs found their rhythm late in the second quarter and never looked back in dealing the Denver Nuggets a 28-point beatdown, 127-99, at the Pepsi Center on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

The Spurs trailed by as much as six in the first quarter but unleashed a 22-11 run bridging the second and third periods to start the romp. San Antonio continued the onslaught in the second half, leading by as much as 31 points even late in the fourth, as the Spurs (29-7) maintained their dominance on the road, with a 17-3 away record.

Three players scored at least 20 for the Spurs, led by LaMarcus Aldridge with 28 points. Kawhi Leonard sank three triples on his way to 24 markers, while Tony Parker made all but one of his 11 field goals en route to scoring 21 points to go with nine assists.

Pau Gasol also added 17 points and nine boards, while Manu Ginobili chipped in 11 from the bench.

Nikola Jokic finished with a double-double for Denver with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Nuggets also got 15 points from Danilo Gallinari but still lost their fourth straight game and fell to 14-22. Darrell Arthur and Wilson Chandler added 13 and 11 markers, respectively.

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