Nikola Jokic posts triple-double as Nuggets hand Spurs third straight loss

Nikola Jokic posts triple-double as Nuggets hand Spurs third straight loss

Will Barton also kept up his impressive run of late as he finished with 25 points (10-14 FG, 4-6 3-PT FG), five rebounds, and five assists.

The Nuggets head to Milwaukee for a game on Thursday before getting eight days off for the All-Star break.

The 40-year-old four-time National Basketball Association champion and two-time All-Star selection has accumulated an extensive injury list in recent seasons, though he's managed to avoid any major health setbacks.

A grueling 82-game schedule is tough under any conditions, but factoring in a spate of injuries like the one the Spurs have had to contend with since the preseason would test the mettle of any team. Meanwhile, the Spurs have struggled on the road with a 13-17 record, and this is last of a four-game road trip in which they've lost two of three including Monday night at Utah. Leonard has missed all but nine games and Aldridge sat for the second straight night to rest his sore right knee.

The Nuggets have a reason to feel sorry for themselves, but heading into the last two games before the All-Star break, their injury issues are nothing compared to what San Antonio has gone through this season. He was a game-time decision but played 38 minutes.

"He can either miss games now or miss games later".

Manu Ginobili (rest) and Dejounte Murray (sprained right ankle) played Monday night and are listed as probable for Tuesday's game in Denver. Sometimes the Nuggets asked him to play small forward. San Antonio leads the season series with Denver 2-0, beating the Nuggets 106-104 on January 30 and 112-80 on January 13. Both games were played at the AT&T Center. They are anxious about where they are going for All-Star break.

The Denver Nuggets (30-26) face the San Antonio Spurs (35-23) on Tuesday at 10:30 PM ET.

Despite being short-handed, the Spurs appeared poised to beat the Jazz for the first time in three meetings this season before sputtering down the stretch.

Bertans poured in 12 points in the first half to lead San Antonio while Parker had 11 and Murray scored 10. Mitchell nailed a jumper to put Utah ahead to stay with 39.2 seconds remaining. Kyle Anderson led the Spurs in scoring against their last opponent, the Jazz. It's been a while since we've beaten them.

Ginobili is no longer the dynamic offensive weapon he was during his peak years with the Spurs and the Argentine national team, which he helped lead to the 2004 Olympic gold medal.

Still, these are the Spurs, and wins against them have been hard to come by.

The 2009-10 Spurs went on to finish 50-32.

The Nuggets are already on a hot streak going into Tuesday night's home game against the Spurs.

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