DENVER — — Bones Hyland scored 24 points, Nikola Jokic added 21 and the Denver Nuggets shot more than 60 percent from the field in a 126-101 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
Michael Porter Jr. added 15 points and Jamal Murray added 13 for the Nuggets, who have shot 53 of 87 (60.9%) and gone undefeated in four home games this season. “We have a very selfless team and we did some good things tonight,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said, noting Denver’s 37 assists. “I am so happy that we are playing well at home. Last year we weren’t a very good team at home. It’s the start of the season, but we’re 4-0 down.
Keldon Johnson scored 25 points and Devin Vassell 20 for Spurs, who lost their third in a row, including both ends of a straight set.
Up 19 points at the break, the Nuggets outscored Spurs 29-25 in the third quarter, building on a 12-0 flurry midway through the period for a 99-76 advantage heading into the final quarter. Porter capped off the flurry by successively hitting a 3-pointer and a layup, both powered by Jokic, who finished with 10 assists.
The Nuggets stayed hot throughout the fourth quarter, buoyed by Hyland, who scored 17 of his second-half points, including five of his six 3-pointers. “What I liked the most was that it wasn’t just the Bones show,” Malone said of Hyland, who also had seven assists, five rebounds and two steals to one. turnover. “He involved everyone. I’m just really happy for him because last week was tough for him, due to the injury (hip pain) and being in and out of the lineup. But he went out and hooped tonight.
Hyland, who was held out of Thursday’s game at Oklahoma City, said the rest was good and he was able to get up to speed quickly.
“I just felt like the basket was opening up, like an ocean there,” Hyland said. “I was just having fun. Once I’m in this mode, it’s like unstoppable.
Making two-thirds of their shots in the first half, the Nuggets took a 70-51 lead and led up to 23 points. They led by no less than 31 points in the second half. The Nuggets racked up the points with their counterattack, beating San Antonio 26-8.
Spurs: G Wesley Blake, who suffered a torn left medial collateral ligament Sunday against Minnesota, is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. … The Spurs entered the game averaging 120.7 points per game, the second most in the NBA.
Nuggets: F Zeke Nnaji has been ruled out after sustaining a sprained right ankle Thursday at Oklahoma City. … G Ish Smith was sidelined with a right calf injury. … Denver’s 70-point first half was one point off its season high in Thursday’s win at Oklahoma City. … Denver also made 15 of 29 3-point attempts (51.7%) compared to 40% for the Spurs (12 of 30).
Spurs: Full home and home package with Nuggets on Monday night at San Antonio.
Nuggets: Open a four-game road trip by visiting San Antonio on Monday night.
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