Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Tuesday, November 26th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 27th
Game 3: Thursday, February 6th
Game 4: Tuesday, February 18th

Nuggets 68


Spurs 99


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, November 27, 2002

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 3 19 18 2868
    SA 21 25 27 2699

    Top Performers

    Den: C. Andersen 12 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Blk

    SA: T. Duncan 20 Pts, 14 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Nuggets set NBA record with 3-point first

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- This is one game the Denver Nuggets would like to forget.

    Stephen Jackson

    Stephen Jackson scored 22 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to an easy 99-68 victory Wednesday night over the Nuggets, who set an NBA record by scoring just three points in the first quarter.

    "It was crazy. It was a brutal first quarter,'' Denver's Juwan Howard said. "We couldn't score, we couldn't hit shots. We turned the ball over and we didn't do anything to help ourselves. Before the game, we repeatedly said let's start out fresh. Obviously, it didn't happen. You know, we just got blown out.''

    Denver missed 14 consecutive shots after taking a 2-0 lead and trailed 21-3 after one period. The three points broke the previous first-quarter record of four scored by Sacramento on Feb. 4, 1987, against the Los Angeles Lakers.

    "Not much you can say,'' Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "We didn't make a lot of shots down the stretch and they really played great defensively. We just couldn't rebound from that intensity.''

    The three points also tied the mark for the second-lowest quarter in NBA history.

    "For someone to score three points in a quarter you have to play good defense, but undoubtedly they had to shoot poorly,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "Scoring three points in a quarter isn't going to happen often.''

    Tim Duncan scored 20 points and had 14 rebounds for San Antonio, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Tony Parker added 13, and Steve Smith 12.

    Chris Andersen scored 12 points, and Nene Hilario 10 for Denver, which beat San Antonio the previous night in Colorado but had a three-game winning streak snapped.

    After jumping out to its large first-quarter lead, San Antonio coasted to a 46-22 halftime advantage as Duncan had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the first quarter.

    After shooting 1-for-16 in the first, the Nuggets hit only nine of 38 first-half shots and tied a franchise record for fewest points in a half with 22.

    "I've never seen anything like it before, it wasn't pretty,'' said 14-year NBA veteran David Robinson. "And defensively, that wasn't even our best basketball but it was much better than last game.''

    San Antonio went on a 13-0 third-quarter run to increase the lead to 66-30 with 5:11 to play in the period on a jumper by Duncan.

    The Spurs outscored Denver 27-18 in the third quarter and led 73-40 going to the fourth. Denver could get no closer than 26 in the fourth.

    "It was a great effort out of the gates, certainly after last night,'' Duncan said. "Defensively, everything was near perfect. Practice this morning certainly helped in that effort. It got the bad vibe out of us.''

    Game notes

    The Los Angeles Clippers also scored three points in the second quarter against the Lakers on Dec. 14, 1999. The record is two points scored by Dallas in the third quarter of a game on April 6, 1997, vs. the Lakers. ... The 22 points allowed in the first half was also a San Antonio team record. ... San Antonio evened the season series after losing to the Nuggets the previous night in Denver 85-81. ... The Spurs are 18-4 against the Nuggets since Tim Duncan joined the team. ... San Antonio improved to 7-2 this season in the new SBC Center. ... In 16 games, San Antonio has allowed only one team -- Portland on Nov. 9 -- to shoot better than 50 percent from the field. Denver shot 35.5 percent from the floor on Wednesday. ... Duncan's double-double was his ninth of the season and 296th of his career.

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