Game Preview: Nuggets-Spurs

Denver takes aim at San Antonio's 14-game winning streak
by Aaron Lopez

Nine days ago, the Denver Nuggets put an end to the Los Angeles' Clippers 11-game winning streak.

The victory took place 14 months after Denver snapped L.A.'s 17-game tear.

Can the Streak Busters do it again - this time in San Antonio?

The Nuggets open a home-and-home set against the Spurs on Wednesday night. San Antonio has won 14 straight games, two short of its franchise-record 17 set in 1996.

The Spurs, who will play in Denver on Friday, are the defending Western Conference champions and are in position to capture the top seed in the West.

Of Denver's remaining 11 games, nine are against teams currently in line to reach the postseason.

"I like that," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "We’re playing the best teams. We get to continue to see what we’re made of and get out there and compete and just keep trying to improve.”

The Spurs beat the Nuggets 102-94 in the only meetings between the teams in Denver on Nov. 5.


WHEN: 6:30 p.m. MT
WHERE: AT&T Center, San Antonio
TV; RADIO: Altitude; AM-950

DENVER (32-39)

F Quincy Miller
F Kenneth Faried
C Timofey Mozgov
G Randy Foye
G Ty Lawson

F Kawhi Leonard
F Tim Duncan
C Tiago Splitter
G Danny Green
G Tony Parker

Danilo Gallinari (knee), J.J. Hickson (knee), JaVale McGee (stress fracture, left tibia) and Nate Robinson (knee) are out.
SAN ANTONIO: Parker (sore Achilles') is probable; Matt Bonner (calf strain) is questionable.

The Nuggets have won four of the last nine games at the AT&T Center and are a respectable 7-11 in San Antonio since 2004-05 . . . Denver has lost nine out of 14 overall games to the Spurs, with five losses coming at Pepsi Center . . . By going 0-2 at home and 2-0 on the road against the Spurs in 2009-10, it marked only the second time in team history that a season series finished with those results – the other being 1994-95 against the Lakers . . . The most points Denver has ever scored in a half as a member of the NBA came at San Antonio on 11/7/90, scoring 90 in the first half . . . On the flipside, the fewest points Denver has ever scored in a half also came in San Antonio on 11/27/02, tying a team record with 22 points in the first half, including a team record low three points in the first quarter . . . The Spurs have put up big numbers against the Nuggets themselves, setting a team record with 91 points in the second half at Denver on 1/11/84, including a team best 53 in the fourth quarter alone.