It was a hard-fought Game 7.
The Nuggets led by as many as 17 but the Spurs bounced back from a rough first start to bring it down to two points in the final minute of the game.
However, a clutch Murray runner and a triple-double from Nikola Jokic, who played the entire fourth quarter, meant that the Nuggets won the game and clinched their first series victory in a decade.
Final: Nuggets 90, Spurs 86
Nikola Jokic recorded his second triple-double of his short ongoing playoff career, joining an elite duo:
Nikola Jokic (21 PTS, 15 REB, 10 AST) notches the GAME 7 triple-double and joins LeBron James and Magic Johnson as the only players in @NBAHistory to record multiple triple-doubles in their first career #NBAPlayoffs! #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/NveMFzGs3S- NBA (@NBA) April 28, 2019
The Nuggets were outscored 18-25 in the fourth quarter but the young team held on, and now they move on to face the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in a couple of days.
It's a testament to the young team's fight that they came out victorious despite shooting 2-of-20 from beyond the arc. They outrebounded the Spurs 53-45 and outscored the Spurs in the paint 56-44.
For the Spurs, they had four players in double figures - Rudy Gay (21), DeMar DeRozan (19), Bryn Forbes (19), and LaMarcus Aldridge (16). However, failing to foul in the closing seconds, down by four, is where the Spurs might have lost the game despite their comeback attempt.
A clutch runner by Jamal Murray seals Game 7 for the Nuggets, their first series victory in the playoffs since 2009.
THE NUGGETS GET THE BUCKET AND BLOCK TO SECURE THE SERIES! 😱#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/7PK3QC20vU- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 28, 2019
52.2 seconds to play and it's now a 2-point game!!!!!
IT'S A 2 POINT GAME WITH 50 SECONDS LEFT! 😱#GoSpursGo | #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/lihC5NsuLd- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 28, 2019
The Nuggets' lead is down to 5!
Big. Bucket. Bryn.#GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/mOXLzkgpvV- San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 28, 2019
4:13 to go and the Spurs have now brought it down to 4:
HERE COME THE SPURS! 😳- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 28, 2019
They've cut the Nuggets lead to 4. GET TO TNT! 📺#GoSpursGo | #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/eXiFpgMuw0
The Spurs continue to keep the game interesting, cutting the lead down to 8:
Patty ➡️ LA ➡️ 🔨 pic.twitter.com/kF7oAE9z1S- San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 28, 2019
End of third quarter: Nuggets 72, Spurs 61
Leading by 17 at one point, the Nuggets see their lead reduced to 11 as they outscored 25-27 in the third quarter.
Just a routine play for the best passing big man in the game!#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/SiG2cvDiSd- Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) April 28, 2019
Jokic is now on triple-double watch - 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists while the Nuggets backcourt combined for 19 of the team's 27.
The Nuggets force Popovich to call a timeout at the 6:38 mark in the third quarter courtesy of a 9-2 run, capped off by this Gary Harris three:
Gary Harris extends the Nuggets' lead to 17 👀#MileHighBasketball | #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/9GE5FaeOVf- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 28, 2019
Halftime: Nuggets 47, Spurs 34
It's been a low-scoring first half to this Game 7 but Nikola Jokic has had it going:
Nikola Jokic (15 PTS, 9 REB, 2 BLK) leads all scorers at halftime in Denver! #MileHighBasketball #NBAPlayoffs- NBA (@NBA) April 28, 2019
📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/w9vs01cwI5
The Nuggets are shooting 18-of-45 from the field (40.0%), 10-of-13 (76.9%) from the free-throw line but have only made 1 3-pointer on 12 attempts (8.3%).
Meanwhile, the Spurs are shooting 10-of-45 (22.2%), 13-of-13 from the charity stripe but have only made one 3-pointer on 10 attempts. Rudy Gay is the team's leading scorer with 11.
A two-handed putback dunk by Mason Plumlee in the final seconds gives the Nuggets a 13-point lead at halftime.
MASE PUTTING AN EXCLAMATION POINT ON THIS HALF!#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/r0FparjHz5- Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) April 28, 2019
After missing his first eight shots, DeMar DeRozan gets his first field goal with an emphatic slam.
CLEAR THE LANE!@DeMar_DeRozan | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/4fMWTZtwlG- San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 28, 2019
A low scoring Game 7 between the Nuggets and Spurs. 2:08 to go in the first half, the Nuggets lead 41-30.
Patty Mills begins the scoring with a three but then the Nuggets go on a 6-0 run, forcing Gregg Popovich to call a timeout.
Plum-dime!#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/q7pcPjcza8- Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) April 28, 2019
End of the first quarter: Nuggets 23, Spurs 13
After scoring four in the first 9 minutes of the game, the Spurs 9 over the last three minutes of the quarter with Rudy Gay scoring all of those. Still, they trail by 10.
Nikola Jokic (9 PTS, 8 REB) leads the way as the @nuggets hold a 23-13 lead after 1Q in Game 7! #MileHighBasketball | #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/xysqBO9HYa- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 28, 2019
Both teams shooting under 35.0% from the field and both teams have gone a combined 1-of-13 from beyond the arc.
1:27 left in the quarter and Jokic has had a little in almost everything the Nuggets have done so far.
Strong start for Jokic (9 PTS, 8 REB, 2 BLK) and the @nuggets! #NBAPlayoffs #MileHighBasketball 21#GoSpursGo 10- NBA (@NBA) April 28, 2019
📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/CLW9DpyJN1
The Denver Nuggets come out really aggressive on both ends of the floor.
At 3:37 mark in the first quarter, the Nuggets are leading 16-4!
Improbable angle?- Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) April 28, 2019
Probable when you're The Joker. pic.twitter.com/sATxCZDJBN
The same can't be said for the Spurs.
The starting lineups are in:
The Nuggets will go with Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Paul Millsap, and Torrey Craig.
The Spurs will start DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Derrick White, Bryn Forbes, and Jakob Poeltl.