San Antonio led by five points to start the fourth, but scored the first eight points of the period to compile a 98-85 lead.
Up by 17 points late in the third quarter, it seemed the Nuggets were on their way to a statement victory. While Jokic scored the most points in a playoff game in Nuggets history, topping Carmelo Anthony's 42 in 2010, the Spurs locked in on the Nuggets' 3-point shooters, holding Denver to 6-of-24 shooting from behind the arc.
LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan helped San Antonio overcome a huge effort by Nikola Jokic and force a Game 7 against Denver. They may do it to the Rockets, but Houston wants to be prepared for what we all know is coming - the defacto Western Conference Finals. A road win tonight by Denver and they advance to face the Portland Trail Blazers in a second round matchup.
'I don't know, it's my first Game seven, ' Jokic said when asked what he expected in the finale. "It's probably going to be even tougher than this one". Every San Antonio starter shot 50 percent from the field and, for the first time in the series, the Spurs' bench outscored the Nuggets', 36-13.
With their season on the line, the Spurs played arguably their most complete game of the series.
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There have been plenty of questions regarding Denver's lack of playoff experience and Game 7 could prove to be too much for the young squad.
However, Jokic and Murray combined to take 51 percent of Denver's shots, up from 34.6 percent and 40.5 percent in the previous two wins - the ball movement and transition buckets that characterize the Nuggets offense were missing.
Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks with LaMarcus Aldridge #12 during play against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on December 12, 2017 in Dallas. The other two games, in which Denver won, were both decided by nine points or less.
The Nuggets are 7 in the league in postseason scoring offense with an average of 107.7 points per game. The Nuggets rolled to a 108-90 home win in Game 5 before the Spurs staved off elimination by taking Game 6 120-103 at home Thursday night.
Spurs Injuries: Dejounte Murray: out for season (knee).