San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich waxed lyrical over the "special" Nikola Jokic after his magnificent display on Wednesday.
Utah Jazz (43-25, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (29-38, 10th in the Western Conference)Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Friday, 1 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Utah plays San Antonio in Western Conference action Friday.The Spurs are 17-22 in Western Conference games. San Antonio is at the bottom of the league scoring 43.3 points per game in the paint.The Jazz have gone 23-18 against Western Conference opponents. Utah scores 110.9 points and has outscored opponents by 2.8 points per game.The Spurs won the last meeting between these two squads 113-104 on Feb. 21. Dejounte Murray scored 23 points to help lead San Antonio to the victory.TOP PERFORMERS: DeMar DeRozan leads the Spurs with 5.7 assists, and scores 22.2 points per game. Rudy Gay is averaging 5.9 rebounds and 17.2 points per game over the last 10 games for San Antonio.Rudy Gobert leads the Jazz with 13.6 rebounds and averages 15.1 points. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 20.3 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 39.1% over the last 10 games for Utah.LAST 10 GAMES: Spurs: 5-5, averaging 119 points, 38.9 rebounds, 25.5 assists, 8.6 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 48.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 120.2 points on 49.3% shooting.Jazz: 7-3, averaging 110.1 points, 41.8 rebounds, 22.7 assists, eight steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.1 points on 46.0% shooting.INJURIES: Spurs: Bryn Forbes: out (quad), Trey Lyles: out for season (appendicitis).Jazz: Nigel Williams-Goss: out (left ankle).___The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.The Associated Press
Michael Porter Jr. had 30 points and 15 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 132-126 on Wednesday. Nikola Jokic added 25 points and 11 assists. Two days after posting a career-high 37 points in Denver's win over Oklahoma City, Porter stayed hot, scoring 10 of the Nuggets' first 16 points against San Antonio.