Nuggets make a turn­around

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SCOREBOARD -

Nikola Jo­kic had 29 points and 12 re­bounds, Ja­mal Mur­ray added 24 points and the Nuggets re­bounded from a flat per­for­mance to beat the Spurs 117-103 on Satur­day in San An­to­nio and tie the se­ries at two games each.

LaMar­cus Aldridge had 24 points and nine re­bounds for the Spurs. DeMar DeRozan added 19 points be­fore he was ejected with five min­utes re­main­ing af­ter ar­gu­ing with an of­fi­cial over an of­fen­sive foul.

The Nuggets were more ag­gres­sive and phys­i­cal af­ter a de­flat­ing Game 3 loss, just as coach Michael Malone hoped.

“I want to see some emo­tion. I want to see some fire. I want to see some pas­sion,” Malone said be­fore the game.

Malone was able to stir that fire with a cou­ple of changes. Tor­rey Craig started over a strug­gling Will Bar­ton and was charged with de­fend­ing Der­rick White.

White was lim­ited to eight points on 3-for-8 shoot­ing af­ter go­ing 15for-21 on Thurs­day. Craig fin­ished with 18 points, go­ing 5-for-7 on 3-point­ers. Bar­ton fin­ished with 12 points and made all three of his 3-point at­tempts.

76ers 112, Nets 108: Joel Em­biid scored and re­bounded. He blocked shots and even threw the most im­por­tant pass of the game.

One thing he didn’t do is lose his cool af­ter his foul trig­gered a scuf­fle.

Em­biid had 31 points and 16 re­bounds and passed to Mike Scott for the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18 sec­onds left as the 76ers beat the Nets to take a 3-1 se­ries lead.

He also had a fla­grant foul that led to a scuf­fle and two ejec­tions.

“I know these guys are go­ing to go at me be­cause they want me to re­tal­i­ate, so I’ve got to be ma­ture when I’m on the court and just stay cool and not re­act,” Em­biid said. “To­day I could have re­acted, but I felt like my team needed me more than they needed Jared Dud­ley.”

Em­biid swung his arm force­fully while foul­ing Jar­rett Allen, and Dud­ley quickly moved in and bumped Em­biid. Jimmy But­ler then ran in and pushed Dud­ley to start the shov­ing. But­ler and Dud­ley were given tech­ni­cal fouls and ejected.

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