To open the sixth playoff appearance of his 10-year career, DeRozan finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to help lead the seventh-seeded Spurs to a Game 1 victory over the second-seeded Nuggets.
It might have been his playoff debut with San Antonio, but DeMar DeRozan is no stranger to postseason action. But first, they have to take care of another rematch in the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. They joined the Nets, who won at Philadelphia, and Magic, who won at Toronto. So the Nuggets getting Jokic more involved in the offense starts by making open shots.
For the Jazz, Rudy Gobert led the team with 22 points, 12 rebounds and one assist.
The Nuggets were hoping for a game-tying 3 although they were just 6 of 28 from long range. "It's up to me now", said Murray.
"He's spectacular for somebody who got put into that position", Popovich said. Rubio, who finished with 15 points, didn't play against Houston in the playoffs last season after injuring his hamstring in a first-round series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was the kind of dominant defensive performance that gives the Rockets, a historically elite offensive team, confidence that they are legitimate title contenders.
"Honestly, we could've won this game by 90, lost this game by 90 or lost it by one", said Mitchell, who ended with 19 points, five rebounds along with zero assists and five turnovers. Reserve Kenneth Faried also scored 11.
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The Rockets are putting up 113.9 points per game on offense while shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from the arc.
The Spurs came out cold in the second half and the Nuggets pulled to 62-59. Take the Rockets to move on to the conference semifinals. So, coach Michael Malone said before tip-off he expected his team to come out a bundle of nerves. The biggest factor, the biggest concern will be the initial couple of minutes and trying to get those nerves out.
"Both bigs kind of never really got comfortable down there".
The Nuggets will look to tie things up in Game 2 on Tuesday, April 16 at 9:00 p.m. on NBATV Canada.
Leading up to the series, many favoured San Antonio over Denver simply because the Spurs collectively had much more playoff experience than the Nuggets.
Against Utah, Gordon will be crucial because Houston will need him to not only be hitting shots, but for his ball-handling ability as the Rockets will have to constantly be keeping the pressure on the Jazz's defense to tire them out.