The Denver Nuggets made a little progress in cutting into the deficit, but they're still down 92-72 against the San Antonio Spurs going into the final quarter on Thursday night. The Nuggets played better offensively in the third quarter, but didn't get enough stops and only outscored the Spurs 33-27.
At this point, with one quarter remaining and a 20-point deficit, a victory appears to be extremely unlikely for the Nuggets. The third-ranked team in the NBA in points per game, the Nuggets have been uncharacteristically bad offensively tonight, although that can partially be explained by point guard Ty Lawson's absence.
Andre Miller is playing well for Denver with 20 points and seven assists, while Arron Afflalo has added 14 points, but defense has been a major issue. The Spurs have gotten double-digit scoring from six different players so far, led by DeJuan Blair's 22 points. They've also gotten 14 points apiece from Tony Parker, Danny Green and Tim Duncan.
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