The San Antonio Spurs’ race with the Los Angeles Lakers for the final spot in the NBA Play-In Tournament is all but over after the Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets, 116-97, on Tuesday.
San Antonio has now won seven of its last eight games and improved to 34-45 with its latest win. That’ll be good enough to clinch a spot in the Play-In Tournament if the Lakers lose to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. But even if Los Angeles pulls off the upset, its only chance at catching the Spurs is by finishing the season on a four-game win streak while San Antonio loses its last three.
Nuggets star Nikola Jokic finished with 41 points and 17 rebounds in the loss, strengthening his already strong case for NBA MVP. The race will likely come down to Jokic and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, who scored 45 points with 13 rebounds in a win earlier Tuesday.