Denver Nuggets use huge fourth quarter to top San Antonio Spurs

Gary Harris got free for a slam. Then Wilson Chandler found space underneath for a layup. And then Chandler streaked out in transition for another finish to push the Nuggets’ advantage to double digits.

Those three inside conversions highlighted Denver’s massive final quarter to pull away from short-handed San Antonio 117-109 at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night in the Nuggets’ final home game before the all-star break.

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The Nuggets (31-26), who were led by Nikola Jokic‘s triple-double (23 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists), have won eight of their last 11 games and moved into a tie for the sixth spot with Portland in the Western Conference playoff standings. New Orleans (30-26) is a half-game back in eighth and the Los Angeles Clippers (29-26) are one game back, currently out of the playoffs in ninth.

Denver took control down the stretch in what began as a back-and-forth fourth quarter. Will Barton ignited the crowd with a follow dunk to give the Nuggets a 101-100 lead with 7:49 to play, before newly acquired Devin Harris drilled a 3-pointer to stretch that lead to four points and a Gary Harris baseline jumper extended that advantage to 108-103 with 6:11 to go. Overall, Denver outscored San Antonio 30-19 in the fourth quarter.

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