I think the words "funky" and "stale" sum up the entire first quarter. Denver was uncharacteristic of offense and deplorable on defense. On one end of the floor they were chucking up jumpers off of the first pass and on the other Matt Bonner was scoring nine first quarter points.
I repeat, "The Red Rocket" torched the Nuggets for nine points in the first quarter. Sheesh!
After allowing the Spurs (a team that barely cracks 90 points on average) to score 30 points in the first quarter. The Nuggets followed up their first twelve minutes of putrid defensive effort by allowing San Antonio another 31 points in the second. Adding insult to the injury was the officiating (more on that later) and the futile 15 points offered offensively by Denver on 24% shooting in the quarter of which left the Nuggets down, 61-41, at the the half.
The third quarter saw a very aggressive J.R. Smith and frustrated Carmelo Anthony try to spark a Denver comeback, but their efforts fell short as they closed what was once a 23-point San Antonio lead down to 15 with under a minute to play. J.R. took the ball to the hole on three-straight touches during the Nuggets' run scoring on an acrobatic lay-up and an old fashioned three-point play before missing both free-throws on the third take. But tonight was one of those nights when every time the Nuggets would get something started there was always something to slow their momentum.