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Spurs 101, Nuggets 96: What they said after game 1

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San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge, front, drives into Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA first-round basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The San Antonio Spurs took a 1-0 lead in their opening round series versus the Denver Nuggets with a 101-96 win.

The Nuggets made just 42 percent of their shots, 21 percent from 3-point range, and missed eight free throws while failing to score a single fast-break basket.

Led by LaMarcus Aldridge's suffocating defense, DeMar DeRozen's 18 points, Derrick White's clinching steal in the closing seconds and all those wide-open shots that just didn't fall for Denver.

Here is a sample of what the teams said after the game:

SPURS

Gregg Popovich:

“We didn’t let Jokic play as he wanted and they didn’t let LaMarcus play as much as he wanted."

Derrick White:

“I probably started the game off a little too excited. I started fouling and was just running around but after I settled down, I just started playing another game."

DeMar DeRozan:

"We missed a lot of open shots and that kind of fed them getting out in transition.”

Rudy Gay:

"At the end of the day, it’s still basketball. Once the ball is tipped, you are out there to win, just like we are."

LaMarcus Aldridge:

"We did a good job of just trying to mix it up on him (Nikola Jokic) and they did the same thing on me.”

Bryn Forbes:

"It’s a step forward in the right direction and we’re ready to get going for game 2.”

NUGGETS

Mike Malone:

“Make shots, I think it’s simply stated. This is a make-or-miss league, and you look at the numbers, they (Spurs) shot 48% from the field, 47% from three."

Jamal Murray:

“I think we did a lot in our power to change it. We played really good defense. They were up for most the game and we couldn’t cut that four-point lead."

Nikola Jokic:

"We just couldn’t make shots. That was the main problem. I think we had open shots, we just couldn’t make it.”

Gary Harris:

"This is why we play a seven-game series and we just have to look at the film and see how we can get better.”

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