SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs didn’t dwell on nearly blowing a 24-point lead in the second half. They won, and that’s all that mattered to the veteran club.
“They made it competitive,” Parker said. “They played with a lot of energy. We missed a lot of little stuff; easy layups that we always make and they got back in the game. It happens sometimes. We’re not going to beat everybody by 20.”
It just seemed like they were after overwhelming the Nuggets in the first half.
Danny Green’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was his fifth of the half, giving San Antonio its largest lead of opening 24 minutes at 63-43.
Green scored 16 points, all in the first half, before leaving with a foot injury early in the second. His status is unknown, but he wore a walking boot as a precaution after the game and will have an MRI on Thursday morning.
“All of a sudden he couldn’t walk,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “The bottom of the foot, there is something. They are going to X-ray it. I am just guessing it is plantar fasciitis or something like that.”
San Antonio had 19 assists while going 24 for 42 from the field and forcing nine turnovers in the first half.
“We were getting embarrassed in the first half,” Denver forward Darrell Arthur said. “I was upset. I had words with some of the guys in the locker room.”
Aaron Brooks scored 25 points and Kenneth Faried had 24 points, including 15 points in a frenzied final quarter for the Nuggets.
Denver went on a 34-20 run in the final 11 minutes.
“We played a good half, we played a bad half,” Popovich said. “The NBA is a 48-minute game and you’ve got to keep playing.”
After leading by as many as 24 points and by 20 midway through the third quarter, San Antonio needed Duncan’s late heroics to preserve its win streak.
Duncan scored all but one of the Spurs‘ final 11 points, capping his performance with an off-balance jumper off the glass for a 107-99 lead with 30 seconds remaining. The heavily contested shot sealed the win and led Nuggets coach Brian Shaw to turn and smile at Popovich, who shook his head as well.