Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
Denver had six players in double figures, but couldn't overcome an early deficit.
The San Antonio Spurs jumped on the Denver Nuggets early, going on a 17-2 first-quarter run, and riding that early advantage to a 126-100 win Saturday night. With 4:22 left in the first quarter, Nuggets guard Ty Lawson hit a jump shot to narrow the Spurs' advantage to three. Denver made just one shot over the remainder of the quarter, while the Spurs took over. By the end of the quarter, San Antonio had an 18-point lead, and Denver was unable to recover. The Spurs shot 53.4 percent from the field and a staggering 59.3 percent from behind the three-point arc.
Denver had six players in double figures, led by Danilo Gallinari's 15 points and seven rebounds. Point guard Ty Lawson scored 13 and added five assists. Forward Corey Brewer came off the bench to contribute 13 points and seven rebounds, and center JaVale McGee added 12 points and 8 boards.
San Antonio got 19 points and eight rebounds from center DeJuan Blair, by far his season high in scoring. Tony Parker had 14 points, six assists and five rebounds. Manu Ginobili came off the bench to add 20 points and four assists for the Spurs, now 8-2 on the season.
The now-4-6 Nuggets return to action Monday at Memphis. San Antonio also plays Monday, hosting the Clippers.