Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Tuesday, November 1st
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Spurs102
Game 2: Saturday, December 31st
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Nuggets88
Game 3: Sunday, January 22nd
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Spurs85
Game 4: Wednesday, March 22nd
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Nuggets104

Nuggets 89

(23-19, 9-11 away)

Spurs 85

(31-10, 19-3 home)

12:00 PM ET, January 22, 2006

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

1 2 3 4 T
DEN 22 25 18 2489
SA 16 32 18 1985

Top Performers

Denver: A. Miller 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 10 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk

San Antonio: N. Mohammed 17 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast

Boykins leads road Nuggets past Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tired of getting pushed around by the San Antonio Spurs, the Denver Nuggets finally pushed back Sunday.

Earl Boykins scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and the Nuggets held Tim Duncan to one basket in the second half in their 89-85 victory.

Denver coach George Karl said the Nuggets double-teamed Duncan effectively and pushed the ball hard against the Spurs in transition.

"They were just fed up with playing so many close games against [the Spurs] and not winning," Karl said. "A lot of times San Antonio plays with such quickness and penetration that you don't get a physical presence, but I thought tonight we had that physical presence."

The Nuggets trailed by one after three quarters but took the lead for good at 69-68 with 10:44 left when Boykins made a short jumper after a steal by Greg Buckner. It was the first of six turnovers in the period for the Spurs, matching their number of field goals.

San Antonio committed 17 turnovers, 12 in the second half. Duncan had a team-high six turnovers, five after the break, and only four field goals in the game.

The Spurs had trouble getting the ball inside and struggled from the perimeter, going 4-for-23 (17 percent) on 3-pointers. Denver also ran on San Antonio effectively, scoring 32 points on fast breaks.

"You have to make shots to win basketball games and we didn't do that," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "You also have to get back on defense, so it was a double-whammy."

Added Bruce Bowen: "We knew they were going to try and go up-tempo in the game. ... We couldn't get into any kind of rhythm."

The Nuggets extended their lead to 79-73 before San Antonio made two free throws and Nick Van Exel hit a floater in the lane to make it 79-77 with 3:37 remaining.

Francisco Elson then had a dunk and Boykins a layup to restore the Nuggets' lead to six points. The Spurs got within three on a 3-pointer by Bowen, but Carmelo Anthony made two free throws and Andre Miller hit a short jumper for Denver.

"I knew my shot wasn't going in from the outside, so I decided to keep on going to the hole and get some fouls called," said Anthony, who scored 12 of his 20 points from the foul line. He shot 4-for-19 from the floor while being defended mostly by Bowen.

Miller had 15 points and 10 assists for the Nuggets, while Elson added 13 points and Kenyon Martin 12.

Nazr Mohammed led San Antonio with a season-high 17 points and 12 rebounds. Duncan had 14 points and 13 rebounds, Tony Parker scored 13 points and Brent Barry 12.

Barry started in place of Manu Ginobili, who sprained his right ankle in Friday night's win in Miami.

A layup by Mohammed gave the Spurs a 14-9 lead with 5:14 left in the first quarter, but that would be San Antonio's final field goal of the period.

Denver outscored the Spurs 13-2 to make it 22-16 after one, then Anthony opened the second with two free throws and Boykins made back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the Nuggets' lead to 32-25.

Van Exel made a 10-foot jumper to start a 15-4 run that gave San Antonio a 40-36 lead late in the half. During that stretch Barry made a 3-pointer and two free throws, and Parker found Fabricio Oberto for two straight layups.

The Spurs led 48-44 when Anthony muscled past Bruce Bowen for a layup with 11 seconds remaining.

Popovich argued loudly for an offensive foul on the play and was given a technical foul by referee Steve Javie, and Anthony made the free throw to narrow the difference to 48-47 at the break.

The Spurs led by as many as five early in the third, but a jumper and a layup by Earl Watson keyed a Denver burst that made the score 57-57. The teams swapped small leads for the rest of the quarter, which ended with San Antonio ahead 66-65.

Game notes


Parker, who was 35-for-50 (70 percent) in his previous four games, shot 4-for-11. ... The Spurs are 8-3 this season in games decided by five or fewer points. ... Boykins made all three of the Nuggets' 3-pointers. ... Denver is 5-0 with Watson in the starting backcourt. ... Mohammed had scored only 21 points in January before Sunday.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DEN
SA
Points 89 85
FGM-FGA 35-77 (.455) 30-72 (.417)
3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 4-23 (.174)
FTM-FTA 16-22 (.727) 21-29 (.724)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-39 9-44
Assists 20 21
Turnovers 14 17
Steals 13 6
Blocks 4 2
Fast Break Points 32 13
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 16 (2/0)
Largest Lead 8 5

Top Performers

Denver
San Antonio
Andre Miller Miller
Points: 15
Reb: 7
Ast: 10
Stl: 5
Blk: 1
Nazr Mohammed Mohammed
Points: 17
Reb: 12
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 0