The upsets were good news for the league since many fans and media members feel the National Basketball Association playoffs are too predictable largely due to the seven game series that favors the top seeded teams.
The Spurs' win marked the third by a road team on the opening day of the National Basketball Association playoffs.
What did it mean to him?
Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets came into the playoffs with plenty of momentum and confidence, but they will be looking to bounce back after getting ambushed in Game 1.
Popovich won his 1,413th game Saturday at Denver to move past Lenny Wilkens on the all-time list.
LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs prove their playoff mettle. "We didn't let Jokic play as much as he wanted and they didn't let LaMarcus play as much as he wanted". News of this comes right the Spurs beat the Nuggets in Game 1 of their playoff series.
Aldridge said this is what everyone can expect this whole series, too.
They may have settled down but they never really settled in.
Big men Gobert (22 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, plus 12 rebounds) and Derrick Favors (13 points, six boards) had efficient efforts, but Joe Ingles contributed only 3 points on 1-for-4 shooting; Jae Crowder went 1 for 9; Royce O'Neale was 1 for 5; Thabo Sefolosha went 1 for 6; Kyle Korver didn't get a field-goal attempt in 10 minutes.
"Every time he put it down, there was somebody right there".
"This is not rocket science", Malone said. "So, I think Nikola has a high IQ". "We knew they were going to make a run, obviously".
The double team was only effective because the Nuggets kept missing wide open shots which only encouraged the Spurs to keep doubling Jokic. "I love his passing".
The Nuggets, making their first playoff appearance in six years, trailed most of the night. But even those calls quieted after Jokic shot an airball on a 3 at a crucial point in the fourth quarter.
A play earlier, Murray missed a wide open 16-foot shot that would have given the Nuggets a one point lead with about nine seconds remaining. Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday, also at Toyota Center.
Harden, a strong contender for a second straight Most Valuable Player award, dominated to the tune of a near-triple-double, racking up 29 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds. "They're second in the Western Conference for a reason".
"He was spectacular", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They're both great players, and they're going to continue to get a lot of attention throughout the series, I'm sure".
The gap in playoff experience was on display in Game One as most of San Antonio's players looked comfortable in a postseason setting while some of Denver's key players were intimidated under the bright lights.
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