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Spurs drop not one, but two 19 point leads

A disheveled final 16 minutes showed the wear-and-tear on the Spurs, and the resolve of the Nuggets.

San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets - Game Two Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

It just goes to show that you can never take your foot off the gas in the postseason. JUst two nights ago the Los Angeles Clippers came back from a 31 point deficit (that’s a 3 followed by 1 for you Warrior fans with a bitter taste in your mouth) to steal Game 2 from Golden State.

So it should come as no surprise that after taking a 43-24 lead on a DeMar DeRozan free throw (courtesy of a Michael Malone technical foul) at the 8:28 mark in the second, the Nuggets went on a 25-16 run to end the half down by 10.

But after starting the 3rd quarter, the Nuggets would close within 7 points before the Spurs would open up and take a 78-59 led with 4:28 left. Once again, the Nuggets made a 16-4 run to end the quarter. The Nuggets smothers the Silver & Black on defense and began making all those shots they had missed in the previous six quarters.

With the momentum behind them, and Jamal Murray waking up to the series, the night Nuggets took the lead and eventually the game with 39 point final frame making a 55-27 run over the last sixteen minutes of playing time.

Fortunately, the Spurs accomplished what they needed on the road. They took a game in Denver. But the confidence will travel with Denver to the AT&T Center.

The Spurs need to shake this one off and come home and play like the team they were for about 30 minutes last night. But this time they need to play the full 48.

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