Gary Harris scores 15 points in close loss for Nuggets

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NY jumped out to a 61-41 halftime lead and never looked back.

The Nuggets will have a nightmare stretch this week, as they face the San Antonio Spurs tonight, the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, and the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, capping off a torrid week against four of the top eight teams in the league.

Six players scored in double figures, including Thaddeus Young with 16 points and Darren Collison with 13.

LaMarcus Aldridge had largely carried the Spurs offensively while methodically carving up the Nuggets' depleted frontcourt.

Even if it led to a few anxious seconds.

"It was anybody's ball game we were fortunate in a couple of situations", said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. They were great and other people followed. "So, it's a good win for us".

It was a welcome change for San Antonio, which was in an offensive rut in its two previous games of a five-game homestand. He is also averaging 24.9 points per game in his first season with the Celtics, and will likely again hear chants of "M-V-P" from the TD Garden crowd Wednesday night.

"That's definitely the Spurs way", San Antonio point guard Dejounte Murray said. "That's what we did and we came out with a good win". The Nuggets are winless at 0-4 against the spread in their last four games against the Spurs and are winless at the betting window in their last four trips to San Antonio as well.

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After a defensive stop trailing 111-110, Denver had one last chance to win. He finished with 30 points and five rebounds. Despite improving year in and year out, San Antonio continues to have Denver's number. That marked the biggest lead of the game for Indiana.

Added Barton: "It's just building me up".

The Nuggets wanted the win. It just took him 21 shots to get to the line. "It just didn't fall".

Irving has played 18 times against the Knicks, and in these games he has contributed 24.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists and over a steal a night.

Boston's defense stifled the Nuggets while building a 20-point lead in the first half, prompting the green-clad fans that peppered the stands to break into chants of "Let's go Celtics!". It set the tone for a back-and-forth, high-scoring duel. I knew it was coming. "So, hats off to them". Denver has proven to surprise teams and fans this season for both the better and worse.

San Antonio ranks 10th in points off turnovers allowed per game (15.4) while Denver ranks 29th (19.3). Irving is in terrific form, and though Brad Stevens' machine has been faltering a little of late, they are still comfortably the better team. Wilson Chandler was available to play but did not enter the game after being listed as probable with an illness.

Kyrie Irving's form - Irving has been terrific throughout his debut season with the Celtics, but in recent games he has taken things to a new level.

Aldridge drew a technical foul in the third quarter after getting upset because of a no call. His previous season's best was 350 points in 2016. The Celtics have been a great road team, but it will be great for them get comfortable at home, and start another winning streak. He played 19 minutes against the Spurs, establishing a season high with seven points in the first half and finished with 10 points. I'm happy I can even be in the National Basketball Association going through these types of things - things I dreamed of.

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