Spurs Defeat Nuggets 99-90

By Gregory Moore
Updated: January 8, 2005

Tony Parker
Tony Parker

SAN ANTONIO,TX—– Gregg Popovich was not happy with his team’s performance even though they defeated the Denver Nuggets 99-90 on national television.

“Generally we didn’t have five guys focused execut9ing at the same time,” Popovich said. “We had a few here and a few there. It was the same way against Indiana. We have to sharpen up.” The Spurs did seem to struggle against a Nuggets team that is now 14-18. Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker combined for 42 points in the backcourt while Bruce Bowen and Tim Duncan combined for 36 in the frontcourt. With that said however, the tam committed fourteen turnovers and only had sixteen bench points against a young team that was clearly overmatched at times.

“I think both teams played flat,” Spurs guard Tony Parker said. “[There] was not a lot of energy and in the third quarter they made their run at us. They did good and are very athletic.” Kenyon Martin’s twenty-six points paced the Nuggets. Carmelo Anthony was held to just eight points on 4 of 15 shooting.

“San Antonio plays such good defense, but I am also limited in what I can do right now,” Anthony said. “I could have been more aggressive in this one but I’m scared to make a hard move on this ankle. It’s frustrating because I know what I can do.” “It’s in conscience but it’s in the back of my mind.” Despite the loss, head coach Michael Cooper thought his team played extremely well.

“We kept on of the best teams in this league bottled up for most of the game,” Cooper said. “Duncan wasn’t able to go crazy o the inside and we forced their shooters to beat us. I would rather lose that way than let Duncan kill you with 30 or more points.”