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Murray, Nuggets Eliminate Spurs

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In a tightly contested series between teams that are mirror images of each other, the Denver Nuggets eliminated the San Antonio Spurs 90-86 in Game 7 of the First Round of the NBA Playoffs.

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic posted his first career triple-double in the playoffs, scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists to lead all scorers. Forward Jamal Murray also chipped in a game-high 23 points.

The Nuggets started off in control of the game being up 23-13 after the first quarter. San Antonio would step up in the second quarter with help from Spurs guard Derrick White after he set up forward LaMarcus Aldridge with a transition dunk to keep them within striking distance at 47-34 at halftime.

The Spurs kept up their momentum as they outscored Denver 27-25 in the third quarter, which also included guard Rudy Gay sinking a three over Jokic to kickstart their rally.

The fourth quarter picked up the excitement as guard Bryn Forbes saved the ball from going out of bounds to sink a three to make 74-64 Denver.

As San Antonio brought up the pressure to keep the game tight, Denver attempted to pull away after Jokic found Craig for a layup to make it 88-80, but Forbes connected on a wide-open three to cut San Antonio’s lead to five.

DeRozan sank a free throw, and then Forbes broke away for a dunk to make it 88-86 Denver.

The Forbes dunk leads up to Jokic finding Murray with a shot to seal the 90-86 win over San Antonio. The Spurs did not elect to foul after the shot with time expiring. It is the second straight year the Spurs are eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Gay led the Spurs with 21 points and DeRozan and Forbes both followed up with 19 point

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