DENVER — The last time the Nuggets beat the San Antonio Spurs was during the final week of the 2015-16 regular season. That night the Spurs rested four of their five starters, and Denver won 102-98. Emmanuel Mudiay finished with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists. Jusuf Nurkic registered a double-double: 21 points and 10 rebounds.

The Nuggets’ last win before their April 2016 victory? April 10, 2013. Wilson Chandler scored a game-high 29 points. Corey Brewer chipped in 28 off Denver’s bench.

Denver had lost 15 of its last 16 games against San Antonio heading into Tuesday night’s matchup, and even though the Spurs were without All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Nuggets knew they couldn’t overlook Gregg Popovich’s bunch.

“I don’t care who plays for them,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said after Denver’s 117-109 win. “They have the best coach in NBA history.”

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Harrison Wind

Harrison Wind is the Denver Nuggets beat reporter for DNVR Nuggets. The University of Colorado alum grew up in Boulder and has covered the Nuggets for the last three seasons. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Nuggets podcast.