The spurs continue their league leading playoff appearance streak by defeating the #2 seeded Denver Nuggets in game 1 of the Western Conference playoffs 101-96. Led by DeMar DeRozan’s 18 points, the spurs overcame a 14 point, 14 rebound, and 14 assist triple-double by Denver’s Nikola Jokic in his playoff debut and the first since Lebron James in 2006. That performance was proved null and void as a result of stifling defense by Lamarcus Aldridge and Derrick White’s game clenching steal with 1.3 seconds left in the game. On White’s steal Coach Popovich said, “He was spectacular. For somebody who got put in that position and to learn that position with a bunch of new players, it’s really remarkable what he’s done. Hopefully, he’ll continue to play that way because it’s going to be a long series.”
The victory also propelled head coach Gregg Popovich past Lenny Wilkens for most total victories – regular season plus playoffs – in NBA history. Congratulations Coach Popovich on such an achievement.
The Spurs face the Nuggets in Denver for game 2 Tuesday at 8pm.