San Antonio Spurs: Injury report vs. Nuggets features Kawhi Leonard

San Antonio Spurs: Injury report vs. Nuggets features Kawhi Leonard

San Antonio Spurs: Injury report vs. Nuggets features Kawhi Leonard

Denver heads to the Alamo City on the heels of a 111-110 loss at home to Boston on Monday in which the Nuggets' Will Barton had a chance to win the game but missed a 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining.

The Celtics had struggled in tight games over the last two weeks, with three losses in games decided by four points or fewer, including most recently a 109-105 loss to Golden State on Saturday.

Although the Celtics raced to a 20-point first half lead, the game never felt like it was out-of-hand for the Nuggets, the comeback was gradual, the 82-80 lead at the end of the third nearly a surprise.

Chandler's 9.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game are enough to keep him starting over others at the position, due to his ability to shoot from outside and defend on the perimeter, but it has done little to help boost Denver to where they hoped to be by this point of the season.

Once again, Manu Ginobili had a big game off the bench, scoring 14 points in 23 minutes.

We have passed the time when moral victories are meaningful, last night's game should have, could have been a real victory.

"I had to make the shot". He scored 14 points on 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc, giving him eight straight games with double-digit points. Malone declined to use his final timeout, setting the stage for one final hectic sequence to decide the game.

Irving finished 11 of 17 from the field to lead the Celtics.

"I thought we were gassed at the end of the game", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the win raised Boston's record to 36-15. "And if we continue to play that hard, I think we're gonna find a way to turn the corner and be a really good basketball team".

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Moments later, though, Al Horford fed Brown for the decisive 3.

After the game, Kanter, asked about the possibility of replacing the injured Kevin Love on the LeBron James All-Star team, laughed and said, "I might ask for a trade". Tied entering the final minute, the Celtics hit a couple of clutch shots and stymied the Nuggets on defense.

Mason Plumlee had 16 points and eight rebounds before he left with a leg injury in the fourth.

Before Monday, the Nuggets (26-24) had won three straight games, equaling their best run of games this season.

The Celtics beat Denver for the second time this season, also winning 124-118 on December 13.

The Nuggets pushed past San Antonio midway through the third quarter and led 79-72 after a pullup jumper by Murray with 1:52 to play in the period.

Aldridge and Gasol led the way for the Spurs in the first half, scoring a combined 34 points. They lost a 20-point lead, fell behind by six points in the fourth quarter, and needed big plays from a host of guys - not least among them Kyrie Irving - to regain the advantage. Garry Harris added 17, while Barton and Nikola Jokic scored 13 each and Darrell Arthur tallied 10. Malone wanted to emphasize that Barton needs to make the right play, not the hero play. "I'm just proud of the guy". Jayson Tatum added 20 points and six rebounds.

After going 3-2 on their five-game homestand, the Nuggets go back on the road to face the San Antonio Spurs (33-19), who predictably bounced back from their blowout defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers by taking care of the Sacramento Kings, 113-98.

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