NBA playoffs wrap 2019: Spurs top Nuggets to force Game 7

There will be at least one Game 7 in the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs.

The Spurs topped the Nuggets 120-103 at the AT&T Center on Thursday to tie their series at 3-3. The teams will face off Saturday in Denver in the decisive matchup.

Denver and San Antonio played evenly through much of the first three quarters. But, DeMar DeRozan hit a short jumper to put his team up by five to end the scoring in the period.

The Spurs then took control with a 17-2 run to open the fourth quarter and cruised from there.

DeRozan finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for San Antonio. Rudy Gay added 19 points off the bench.

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic carried his team for much of the game. He tallied a game-high 43 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in the losing effort.

Stud of the night

LaMarcus Aldridge scored a team-high 26 points and added 10 rebounds in the Spurs’ win.

Dud of the night

Malik Beasley scored two points on 1-of-6 shooting in 20 minutes of action in the Nuggets’ loss.


DeRozan grabs his own missed free throw and beats the buzzer.

What’s Next

Warriors at Clippers 10 p.m. ET — The Clippers surprisingly forced a Game 6 with a 129-121 win over Golden State at Oracle Arena on Wednesday. But, the Warriors can still close out the series Friday in Los Angeles.