With Saturday's 101-96 victory in Denver as San Antonio made its 22nd straight postseason appearance, the Spurs coach won his 1,413th game between the regular season and playoffs to become the winningest coach in National Basketball Association history.
"Both bigs kind of never really got comfortable down there".
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A play earlier, Murray missed a wide open 16-foot shot that would have given the Nuggets a one point lead with about nine seconds remaining.
"I think if we're making shots, it becomes a lot harder to double-team him consistently", Malone said.
Despite his absence - and losing by 20 at home against Toronto on Tuesday night - the Timberwolves led 95-84 when Reynolds hit his fifth 3-pointer with 4:02 left in the game.More news: Game of Thrones Season 8
Asked what adjustments he had in mind for Game 2, Malone said simply, "Make shots". As Denver's Jamal Murray took the ball upcourt on the ensuing possession, looking for a potential game-tying three, Derrick White made the biggest defensive play of the game, stealing the ball away and drawing a foul to secure the upset. News of this comes right the Spurs beat the Nuggets in Game 1 of their playoff series.
"He's spectacular for somebody who got put into that position", Popovich said. As a team, the Nuggets shot 42 percent from the field and six of 28 from the 3-point line but they will be ruing their missed chances after surrendering home-court advantage so easily.
"He and LaMarcus (15 points, 8 rebounds) canceled each other out so to speak", Popovich said. "Hopefully he'll continue to play that way because it's going to be a long series". Denver cut it to seven but Minnesota answered with a dunk and layup to lead 88-77 with 6:43 left, prompting the Nuggets to call timeout.More news: As Haftar meets Sisi, GNA forces shoot down LNA fighter jet