MANILA, Philippines – Derrick White unloaded a career-high 36 points to power the San Antonio Spurs past the Denver Nuggets, 118-108, in the NBA Western Conference first-round playoffs on Thursday, April 18 (Friday, April 19, Manila time).
White shot 15-of-21 from the field (71%) and also tallied 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals as the seventh-seeded Spurs took a 2-1 series lead over the No. 2 Nuggets
The point guard got off to a hot start, firing 26 points in the first half before DeMar DeRozan took over in the final two quarters where he knocked in 21 of his 25 points.
@Dwhite921 ’s #NBAPlayoffs career-high 36 PTS guides the @spurs to the Game 3 win! #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/7h8WDq0ajZ — NBA (@NBA) April 19, 2019
LaMarcus Aldridge added a double-double of 18 points and 11 boards for the Spurs, who will shoot for a commanding 3-1 edge in Game 4 on Saturday also in San Antonio.
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, while Malik Beasley also scored 20.
Jamal Murray – who starred in Denver’s Game 2 fightback by dropping 21 of his 24 points in the 4th quarter – was held to just 6 points. – Rappler.com