NBA wrap: Nuggets crush Spurs, edge nearer to first-place Warriors | NBA

Each the Spurs and Nuggets entered Wednesday with an opportunity to enhance their playoff seeding.

But issues went south for the Spurs simply 63 seconds into the sport when coach Gregg Popovich was ejected after choosing up his second technical for arguing a name.

63 seconds

it took 63 seconds for Gregg Popovich to get ejected 😳#GoSpursGo #NBATwitter

— TBN (@TBNMedia) April four, 2019

If that appears awfully early to get the boot, it’s — in line with SportsNet, that is the quickest ejection for an NBA coach in historical past, beating the outdated mark held by the Wizards’ Flip Saunders (106 seconds) in a recreation in opposition to the Celtics in 2012. And it is the second straight recreation Popovich was ejected, an odd prevalence for a coach with 20 ejections in 23 seasons.

Denver went on to win, 113-85, with the end result by no means doubtful.

The one method Popovich might have made a distinction for the Spurs could be if he had suited up and began flattening Three-pointers. San Antonio was dreadful from behind the arc, hitting solely 5-of-27 makes an attempt.

Nikola Jokic scored 20 (with 11 boards and 9 assists) to guide six gamers in double-figures for the Nuggets, who improved to 52-26. That leaves them just one half video games behind the idle Warriors for the No. 1 seed within the Western Convention. Denver has 4 video games remaining, whereas Golden State has 5.

On the different finish of the playoff discipline, the Spurs (45-34), dropped from seventh to eighth within the standings, a half recreation behind the idle Thunder. As the ultimate week of the season performs out, these potential one-eight and two-seven first-round playoff matchups bear a detailed watch.

Studs of the Evening

Pistons middle Andre Drummond narrowly missed one other 20-20 recreation, scoring 28 and accumulating 19 rebounds in a loss to the Pacers.

Heart Nikola Vucevic had 29 factors and 13 rebounds in Orlando’s 114-100 win over the Knicks.

Knicks ahead Mario Hezonja scored 29 factors and added 9 rebounds within the loss to the Magic.

Bulls guard Walt Lemon Jr. scored 24, had eight assists and gained the sport with two late free throws in a 115-114 victory over the Wizards.

Portland wing Evan Turner got here off the bench for a triple-double (13/12/11) in a 116-89 victory over the Grizzlies. 

Dud of the Evening

Pacers guard Tyreke Evans hit solely certainly one of 13 photographs and scored six factors in a win in opposition to the Pistons.


James Harden makes even tough photographs look simple, as he reveals on this fast five-play clip.


James Harden (19 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST) paces the @HoustonRockets 1st half on @NBATV! #Rockets

— NBA (@NBA) April four, 2019

Karl-Anthony Cities drives the lane not as soon as, however twice, for thunderous dunks within the first quarter in opposition to the Mavericks.

KAT stuffs dwelling a pair of emphatic slams to start out the sport! #AllEyesNorth


— NBA (@NBA) April four, 2019

76ers ahead Tobias Harris goes up sturdy to dunk, however Atlanta’s John Collins has different concepts.

John Collins SENDS it away on the RIM! 🚫🚫#TrueToAtlanta 124#HereTheyCome 118

2:22 left on NBALP:

— NBA (@NBA) April four, 2019

Chris Paul beats the third-quarter buzzer with this 61-foot (!) Three-pointer.


Headed to the 4th on @NBATV

— NBA (@NBA) April four, 2019

What’s Subsequent?

Bucks (58-20) at 76ers (49-29) eight p.m. ET — You do not should be Nostradamus to determine that the way in which the standings look now, this may very well be a preview of the Japanese Convention finals. The 76ers count on star Joel Embiid again within the lineup after a three-game break. However even with Embiid on the ground, the 76ers not too long ago misplaced video games to the Hawks and Magic — they misplaced once more to the Hawks on Wednesday — so they should rediscover their kind earlier than the playoffs start. 

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