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:
“We didn’t let Jokic play as he wanted and they didn’t let LaMarcus play as much as he wanted."
“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."
"We missed a lot of open shots and that kind of fed them getting out in transition.”
"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."
"We did a good job of just trying to mix it up on him (Nikola Jokic) and they did the same thing on me.”
"It’s a step forward in the right direction and we’re ready to get going for game 2.”
“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."
“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."
"We just couldn’t make shots. That was the main problem. I think we had open shots, we just couldn’t make it.”
"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.”