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George Karl's Nuggets put forth an impressive effort on Tuesday night at home to edge Tim Duncan and the Spurs.
Denver took a 15-point lead into the fourth after a strong effort in the opening three quarters, but watched its lead shrink after a barrage of three-pointers from San Antonio guards Patty Mills and Tony Parker. The interior play of Denver big men Kenneth Faried and Kosta Koufos ultimately overwhelmed the Spurs, however, as the Nuggets were clearly the aggressor on a night when they shot 42 free-throws compared with San Antonio's 18.
The Nuggets were also able to overcome a vintage performance from Tim Duncan on Tuesday night, as the All-Star forward racked up 31 points, 18 rebounds, six assists and five blocks over 40 minutes of court time. Danilo Gallinari led all Denver scorers with 28 points despite attempting 21 field goals, while both Koufos and Faried each cleaned up the glass, with 14 and 11 rebounds.
Now with a 7-1 record at home and a 7-11 mark on the road to begin the young season, head coach George Karl's squad will try to grab its fourth straight win on Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers.