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When the Nuggets pulled within 12 points with 6:42 remaining, Popovich quickly summoned Duncan back into the game.
From there, the Spurs pulled away again. Blair hit four straight free throws to silence the threat.
Blair was dominant down low, hitting 12 of 21 shots.
The Nuggets showed their fatigue early on, falling behind 26-7 midway through the opening quarter. The team arrived back in town late Tuesday night after a 103-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
This has been an injury-filled season for the Nuggets. They were without speedy point guard Ty Lawson (left ankle), big man Nene (calf strain) and leading scorer Danilo Gallinari (left ankle).
Although they were supposed to have Rudy Fernandez back on the court, he ended up missing his fourth straight game with a strained lower back.
Miller finished with 20 points, while Jordan Hamilton had an interesting stat line -- no points and nine boards.
NOTES: The Nuggets wore retro uniforms, leading Karl to suggest that maybe the league should look into using striped basketballs in team colors. "It would be fun," he said. "But I think that's too out there." ... Nuggets F Chris "Birdman" Andersen made his first appearance in three games. ... The Nuggets tied season lows for points in a quarter (15 in the first) and for the opening half (39). ... Spurs F Kawhi Leonard (calf) didn't play in the second half. He had two points. ... The Spurs were missing Manu Ginobili, who's out with a strained left oblique. The team is 17-8 this season in Ginobili's absence.
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