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Nuggets ready for coming out party after surviving Spurs, wild Game 7 ending


But Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets went cold late, allowing the Spurs to close the gap, injecting a jolt of anxiety into a raucous crowd that had spent most of the game convinced that a trip to the second round of the playoffs was in hand.


The Nuggets held on after a bizarre sequence that saw the Spurs fail to foul in the game’s final seconds, allowing Denver to run out the clock.


Jamal Murray hit the last bucket of the game, a 14-foot floater off one foot over LaMarcus Aldridge to extend Denver’s lead to four points with 36.8 seconds remaining.


When Torrey Craig blocked DeMar Derozan’s layup at the other end, Jokic secured the rebound with 25.6 seconds left and the Nuggets took their time crossing half court.


According to the NBA, Jokic joins elite company with LeBron James and Magic Johnson as the only players to record multiple triple-doubles in their first trip to the playoffs.


But stifling defense and big games from Jokic and Murray — who tallied 23 points and hit multiple clutch shots down the stretch — were enough to allow Denver to survive and advance.






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