National Basketball Association
San Antonio 116, Denver 97
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Where: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
Officials: #23 Tre Maddox, #63 Derek Richardson, #25 Tony Brothers
Attendance: 17037

Devin Vassell and Kelden Johnson scored 20 points each, Josh Richardson had 18 and the visiting San Antonio Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets 116-97 on Tuesday night.

Tre Jones had 14 points and 10 assists, Jakob Poeltl also scored 14 points and Zach Collins added 13 for the Spurs (34-45), who have won five straight road games. San Antonio moved closer to securing 10th place in the Western Conference and the last spot in the play-in bracket.

Nikola Jokic had 41 points and 17 rebounds and Aaron Gordon added 18 points and 13 rebounds for Denver (47-33), which still needs one win or a Minnesota loss to secure at least the sixth seed and avoid the West's play-in tourney.

The Spurs dominated the second quarter to take a big lead. After Bryn Forbes hit a jumper to make it 34-32, San Antonio went on a 12-2 run to lead 46-34.

Another run at the end of the second gave the Spurs a 21-point lead, and they took a 64-44 lead into halftime.

Denver opened the second half on an 8-2 run to get within 66-52, but Johnson's 3-pointer made it 71-54. Jokic made a technical foul shot and an 18-foot jumper, Gordon grabbed an offensive rebound and banked it in and Austin Rivers scored on a driving layup to pull within 71-61 with 6:25 left in the third.

Johnson scored San Antonio's next six points and Lonnie Walker IV's 3-pointer gave the Spurs an 80-67 lead, but Will Barton hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a run that cut the deficit to 85-79 heading into the fourth.

The Nuggets got within 87-83 early in the fourth, but San Antonio answered. Vassell and Richardson made 3-pointers around a layup by Jones, and Collins converted a three-point play to make it 98-85 with 8:13 left.

Denver had two empty possessions and Richardson made a corner 3-pointer to cap a 14-2 run and give the Spurs a 101-85 lead. The Nuggets never got closer than 13 the rest of the way.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
San Antonio   Denver
Keldon Johnson 20 Scoring Nikola Jokic 41
Tre Jones 10 Assists Will Barton 6
Keldon Johnson 8 Rebounds Nikola Jokic 17
Tre Jones 4 Free Throws Made Nikola Jokic 4
Josh Richardson 2 Steals Nikola Jokic 2
Tre Jones 1 Blocks Aaron Gordon 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
San Antonio 116 49.4 12-26 16-24 31 48 3 6 11
Denver 97 41.8 7-33 8-12 22 51 2 4 11
Upcoming Games
  • Denver will play their next game at home against Memphis. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .583 after a win and .594 after a loss.
  • San Antonio will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Spurs have a W/L % of .382 after a win and .467 after a loss.