Keldon Johnson snared the loose ball late in the fourth quarter Friday and took off like the wild mustang Gregg Popovich always says he is.
The second-year forward had less than 10 seconds to cover 94 feet, with a chance to send the Spurs to overtime at Denver, and he made that mad dash with time to spare.
There would be enough time, in fact, to see his well-contested layup roll off the rim, Dejounte Murray’s tap-back bounce wide and DeMar DeRozan miss a last-gasp follow attempt in the paint as the Spurs stumbled to their fifth straight loss.
“I mean how many times have we seen Keldon make that shot this year?” the Spurs’ Derrick White said. “I thought it was going in. I thought DeMar’s was. I thought they were all going in.”
Instead, the buzzer at Ball Arena sounded on a 121-119 Nuggets victory, extending the Spurs’ losing streak to season-worst proportions.
If teams were awarded points for pride and moxie and refusing to quit against daunting odds, the Spurs’ playoff chances would not be in peril.
The Nuggets never trailed Friday and led by as many as 18 points early in the second quarter in rattling off their eighth straight win.
The Spurs rallied to at least make Denver work until the final horn. They could not force the Nuggets to work overtime.
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