Brian Shaw had to sweat out his first win as an NBA coach right to the final horn. When it was finally over, relief trumped joy.
Lagging behind much of the game, the Spurs leaned on their fourth-quarter defense to beat the Nuggets in Denver.
Nicolas Batum got hot early, Wesley Matthews hit a critical shot when Denver was making a late charge and LaMarcus Aldridge added the finishing touches.
Ty Lawson scored 20 points but missed a potential tying shot in the closing seconds for the Nuggets, who started off Brian Shaw’s tenure with a loss.
By the time January rolls around Brian Shaw envisions his team fully embracing his system, one that hinges on half-court sets, a powerful presence in the paint and smothering defense.
The domestic violence case against Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson has been dropped.
Ty Lawson and Jordan Hamilton scored 15 points apiece, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-88 Sunday night in their preseason debut under new coach Brian Shaw.
Obviously, Denver Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly was only kidding and not trying to put this kind of pressure on his new coach.
An initial hearing in the domestic violence case against Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson is being delayed until September.
Court records show the Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson arrest started with an incident involving his girlfriend.