SAN ANTONIO — Ty Lawson, his face painted with grit, bounced like a leprechaun toward the Nuggets bench, looking for someone, anyone, to chest bump.
Even with Lawson's gaudy numbers lately, coach George Karl has told his point guard to be even more aggressive and confident on the court. Well, with Denver up one and 11.1 seconds left, Lawson hit a dagger 19-foot jumper, giving the Nuggets a 97-94 lead Sunday at San Antonio. Gary Neal missed a 3 and Lawson snatched the rebound amid the trees and hit two free throws to seal the 99-94 win against one of basketball's best.
The Spurs entered the night second in the Western Conference, winning eight of their past 10 overall and 14 of their 16 total home games.
The win ranks up there with the best of the season, be it the home win against the Heat (117-104 on Jan. 13), the convincing road win at the Clippers (112-91 on Feb. 2) or the emotionally draining overtime win at the Knicks (119-114 on Jan. 21).
The Nuggets (21-17) won Sunday without two starters, two reserves and only 15 minutes from Timofey Mozgov (ankle).
Lawson finished one rebound shy of his first-career triple-double - 22 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists.