"We needed energy," said Brewer, who took a career-high 25 shots. "They came out firing on all cylinders. So, I just tried to come in and push the pace, get us running and it worked out for us."
The Spurs weren't immune from the shooting foibles, missing 20 of 24 during one stretch as the Nuggets clawed their way back into the game and finally took a 38-37 lead into the locker room. That marked the Spurs' lowest-scoring half of the season and only Chandler's bucket in the final minute of the second quarter prevented the Nuggets from tying their low of 36 points for a half this season.
"I thought the whole game had a lot of weirdness to it," Karl said. "... I don't know if it was the way the game was refereed, two good offenses struggling to score, I'm sure they missed their playmakers; we missed our playmakers."