Jamal Murray's clutch floater helps Nuggets sink Spurs in Game 7
Denver advances in playoffs for 1st time in a decade
Nikola Jokic had a triple-double, Jamal Murray hit a clutch floater with 36.8 seconds remaining and the Denver Nuggets held off the San Antonio Spurs 90-86 in Game 7 on Saturday night to advance in the post-season for the first time in a decade.
Jokic finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, with no pass bigger than the one to set up Murray's floater. DeMar DeRozan had a chance to slice into the deficit but was blocked by Torrey Craig. Then, the Spurs didn't foul and the Nuggets were able to essentially run out the clock.
Denver will host third-seeded Portland in a series that begins Monday.
Murray added 23 points for the Nuggets, who captured a Game 7 for the first time since May 3, 1978, when David Thompson had 37 in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
"It took everybody," Murray said. "Most of all it took the fans. ... It's a great feeling, an amazing feeling. We're having a lot of fun. We're one group. We're united."
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Rudy Gay had 21 points for San Antonio, while DeRozan and Bryn Forbes each added 19. The Spurs fell to 3-4 in Games 7s under Gregg Popovich.
Jokic turned in another monster game. Jokic showed off his arsenal of shots, even throwing in a sky hook. Jokic also had a triple-double in Game 1.
"He's magnificent, magnificent," Popovich said. "I'll just leave it at that."
Denver went an NBA-best 34-7 at home in the regular season and rode the energy of the crowd.
It was a forgettable first half for the Spurs, who trailed 47-34 after shooting 22.2 per cent from the floor.