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Promoting Kenneth Faried to a starting position wasn’t enough for the Denver Nuggets to earn their first win of the season. The Nuggets fell to to the San Antonio Spurs 102-94 at the Pepsi Center on Nov. 5 behind Tony Parker‘s 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl and 1 Blk. The Nuggets have now started the past two seasons at a dismal 0-3.
Faried looked like, well, a manimal in the first half. Faried put up 8 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast and 1 Stl in his first 13 minutes. The Nuggets opened the game with different level of energy than their first two games. Much in part because of Faried. One of the most exciting plays in the first quarter was when Faried threw up a lob to the rim for JaVale McGee who slammed it home.
In the second quarter, Faried started on a strong-foot by grabbing a steal and throwing it down on a breakaway. Faried also scored on the next position for the Nuggets after finishing a high lob alley-oop from Randy Foye.
Foye had a solid first half shooting 3-6 (2-2 3Pt). After the first 12 Min, the Nuggets led the Spurs 27-24. The team started the game on a 13-4 run where every point was scored between Foye and McGee. Off the bench JJ Hickson, Timofey Mozgov and Nate Robinson each hit their first field goal upon entering the game. The Nuggets had a tremendous first quarter nailing 55 percent from the field while holding the Spurs to just 37 percent.
The Nuggets continued their offensive dominance by opening up a 12-1 run in the second quarter. At the half, the Nuggets shot 50 percent from the field and 55 percent from beyond the arc. Faried and Foye led the Nuggets in scoring with eight points apiece.
The Nuggets continued their hot shooting going into the second half. Jordan Hamilton, who saw his first minutes of 2013-14 tonight, downed a couple of threes from deep in the corner. However, everything started going downhill when Mozgov and McGee started getting into foul trouble. The Spurs were also able to turn their shooting around, and nailed 54 percent of their shots in the third. The Nuggets held onto their lead 78-72 after 36 min.
The fourth quarter was a disaster for the Nuggets. The Spurs outscored the Nuggets 30-16 in the quarter. Denver looked confused on offense, and let down their guard defensivly on the 2013 Western Conference Champions. Mozgov fouled out of the game with 8:44 left in the game, and McGee couldn’t find his rhythm. In the last five minutes, the Spurs got to cruise towards a victory.
Denver had its 23-game regular-season home winning streak snapped in their 113-98 loss to the Portland Trailblazers on Nov. 1. Last season, the Nuggets only lost a total of three games at home. Coach Brian Shaw still remains winless as a head coach in the NBA. Ty Lawson finished as the Nugget high-man with 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 8 Ast and 1 Stl.
The Nuggets next game will take place in Denver versus the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, Nov. 7th.
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