San Antonio (19 - 7)
Denver (13 - 12)
By MATT BEARDMORE
(AP) -- The road seems to be taking its toll on the San Antonio Spurs.
The Denver Nuggets are trying to prevent that from happening to them.
The Spurs will try to snap a three-game road losing streak Tuesday night when the Nuggets look to build on their best offensive performance of the season.
San Antonio (19-7) opened 11-2 on the road, but the team has dropped its last three away from home after losing 107-93 to league-best Oklahoma City on Monday.
"We had 15 assists in the first half and two in the third quarter and we stopped scoring," coach Gregg Popovich told the league's official website after his team fell to 1-3 since a 10-1 surge.
San Antonio, which last dropped four straight on the road during its 0-5 start to 2011-12, will complete a stretch of six of seven as the visitor Tuesday before opening a four-game homestand Friday versus New Orleans.
The Nuggets (13-12) - the only team in the NBA with more road games (18) than the Spurs - will play their league-low eighth home game before heading to Portland for Thursday's contest.
"It's the worst stretch of travel I've been associated with," coach George Karl said after Denver shot 54.1 percent from the field in Sunday's 122-97 rout at Sacramento.
However, some of the Nuggets are actually embracing this hectic schedule as a stretch of 15 of 18 at home begins on New Year's Day.
"I'm enjoying what we are going through," said Andre Iguodala, who had 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists on Sunday. "We have a tough schedule and it's a chance for us to build something. We're trying to play at a high level and be mentally tough."
It'll be tough for Denver to extend its home winning streak to five if it plays like it did in a 126-100 loss at San Antonio on Nov. 17. The Nuggets committed 22 turnovers - tied for a season high - in their most lopsided defeat of the season.
San Antonio's Manu Ginobili hit five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 20 points in that contest, but it's uncertain if he'll play Tuesday after missing the loss in Oklahoma City with a bruised left quadriceps suffered in Saturday's 103-88 victory over Boston.
If Ginobili can't go, the Spurs - who are 4-2 in the second half of back-to-backs - could lean even more on Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. Both sat out the fourth quarter Monday even after San Antonio trimmed an 18-point deficit in half with less than six minutes left.
Parker and Duncan scored 14 points apiece last month against the Nuggets, while DeJuan Blair finished with a season-high 19.
Blair matched a career high with 28 points in the Spurs' last game in Denver, a 114-99 victory on Feb. 23.
San Antonio has won four of five visiting the Nuggets and eight of 10 in the series.
Last edited by Eddy from Austin; 12-18-12 at 10:58 AM.
Now the Spurs got that freaking OKC game pressure and tightness off their mind, the Spurs will play loose and much better tonight...
Pop plays the right match ups!
Spurs rebound and win tonight despite an UGLY Physical fight!!!!!
Spurs TEAM D + Hustles win!
Go Spurs Go!
Go Spurs Go!
I'm great at multi-tasking -- I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once. Ain't life grand!!
Manu coming back sparked the HECK out this team......
Boy we missed his ENERGY last game in OKC!!
Nice to see Manu back.
Tim Duncan was an absolutely unbelievable!!!
Congrats to TD on a Remarkable Effort. I am sure he was not satisfied because he wanted to win...
Duncan reached 23,000 points for his NBA career with two free throws early in the third quarter. Duncan, out of Wake Forest, joins Michael Jordan as the only two players in NBA history from the ACC to score at least 23,000 points in their career.
Tony played good I am guessing he is banged up pretty bad.
Splitter was GREAT!!!!
And Mills played AWESOME !!!!!!!!!
Green and Neal both are going through some funk and they probably are just limited I am guessing that both have some sort of a nagging injury just a hunch. There is not way they suck that badly and they are healthy....
Despite that Big Come back Spurs came short of the W.
Like I said in the last game once the starters start slow then dig that hole it is very hard to climb back!!
I do not believe in any Freaking Moral Victory!!!
No Win on the road for Spurs in 3 games in a row is just HORRIBLE!
I am aware that freaking schedule which belongs to the grave and the injuries to key players and the Quality of the PHYSICALITY that was required to win those last three road games makes me say that was just a fluke...
Hope Spurs come back to their basics and get loose coming HOME for a Nice Home Stretch would help them get that confidence and Swagger back!!!
Go Spurs Go
Go Spurs Go!
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