Leonard later expressed his support for Nurse's words.
"To beat that team twice in a season is a hell of an accomplishment for such a young team like ours", Nuggets coach Michael Malone said". He said the matchup was "very physical".
As far as his mention of DeMar, Lowry was referring to former Raptors and current San Antonio Spurs shooting guard DeMar DeRozan's free agency during the summer of 2016, when DeRozan spurned other interested teams to re-sign with Toronto.
Denver improved to 20-9 on the season by going on a 23-2 run after falling behind 70-57 in the third quarter. "I just pride myself on keeping moving and keeping going".
He also agreed with his coach's post-game statements, "It's been like that all year, but in this era and how the game is and the rules are today, yes, I agree with him".
Nurse was reluctant to revisit the subject on Tuesday, hours before the league fine was announced, but reiterated that he has seen non-calls as a persistent problem through 32 games. In the league's history, African players have largely been reduced to a pretty specific role. "We have more than enough players that are going to go out there and battle and compete". The Jokic-fueled run got the Nuggets within four points in the third quarter, but Leonard's relentless attacks in the lane kept the Raptors ahead.
Nikola Jokic led the way with 26 points and nine rebounds in the Nuggets' 95-86 victory over the Raptors. Denver led 39-36 with 3:15 left in the first half but Leonard had six points and Ibaka five to give the Raptors a 52-39 lead early in the third quarter. Lowry sat out his second game with a bruised thigh, while Siakam was sidelined after experiencing back stiffness following a hard fall in Portland. None other than the Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry led Toronto Raptors.
"There's nothing seriously wrong with either one of them", Nurse said.
"Having Jimmy back helped because we had multiple guys that could put it away", Simmons said. There is just some soreness and obviously Pascal took that fall and he's just not quite right yet to send him out there. "I don't mind it in the least, both ends of the floor".