Gregg Popovich on Nikola Jokic: "He is magnificent"

Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs Game 7: Live score updates, how to watch

Why Didn't Spurs Foul at End of Game 7 Versus Nuggets?!

The Denver Nuggets overcame the dicey moments in the fourth quarter to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 90-86 in Game 7 of their playoff first round series on Saturday to make the West Conference semifinals.

The Nuggets will face the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round. Nikola Jokic continued his stellar postseason debut by leading the way with 37 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals. It did not matter if it was LaMarcus Aldridge, Jakob Poeltl, Rudy Gay, or anyone else on the Spurs roster that Jokic was defending; he had arguably his best seven-game stretch of defensive basketball of his career against San Antonio. In the first quarter, the Spurs' starters scored only two of the team's 13 points. "I'm surprised people stayed". "They've got guys over there who can just break a play off and call their own number".

Popovich could be seen motioning to his players to foul Denver, which they never did.

The sellout crowd of 19,725 was filled with anxiety when the Nuggets shot 29.2 percent in the fourth quarter, allowing the Spurs to almost come all the way back from a 67-50 deficit.

Jamal Murray had 23 points along with four assists and five rebounds and Paul Millsap contributed 9 points and 8 rebounds to fend off the Spurs.

Gregg Popovich, head coach of the San Antonio Spurs. 'We were able to close it out and it was an incredible effort from the team all around.

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Afterward, Denver coach Michael Malone told team president and governor Josh Kroenke how he remembered when he took the Nuggets job four years ago how empty the Pepsi Center used to be. This was a really hard-fought series. It's the key adjustment that Portland will have to make moving forward if they are to have a chance at upending the Nuggets in this series. "I love our grit and toughness tonight".

Toronto beat Philadelphia in game one of their Eastern Conference semi-finals series, while the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics get their series underway early on Monday morning.

Kawhi Leonard scored a career play-off high 45 points and had 11 rebounds, while Pascal Siakam added 29 points with seven rebounds.

JJ Redick had 17 points for the 76ers. Joel Embiid chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Tobias Harris had 14 points and 15 rebounds.

The Raptors led by as many as 19 points and took an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter. The lead reached 20 on Leonard's jumper with 4:17 to play.

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