Larry Brown saw the new-look Denver Nuggets for the first time and it didn't take long for the Spurs' coach to form an opinion on Paul Westhead's offense.
After claiming a 161-153 victory in the HemisFair last night, San Antonio's second win in as many games, Brown criticized Denver's rapid-fire attack.
"It's hard to adjust to a system like this. It was ugly out there. I do not like games like this," he said.
The Nuggets have allowed an average of 152 points in their four games, all losses. Last night, they helped establish two NBA records.
Their 90-point first half broke the old mark by one point. The record for points in a first half also fell when San Antonio chipped in with 83.
"We got a 'W' and that's what counts," said Terry Cummings, who scored 31 points. "They are a very hard team to play and if they stay with this system, they are definitely going to win some games."
Cummings had plenty of help in the scoring department. David Robinson and Sean Elliott both registered career highs.
Robinson wound up with 43 points, most of which came on a variety of dunks, layups and short jumpers. Elliott finished with 29, and added 12 assists.
"Our biggest goal was to prevent the two-on-twos and three-on-threes," Brown said. "I wanted to slow the pace down and when we did, we scored."
Denver was led by Orlando Woolridge, Walter Davis and Todd Lichti. The trio combined for 98 points, Woolridge with 37, five more than Davis.
"They made some adjustments at the half and we hit a cold spot and allowed them to get the lead," Woolridge said. "We are still struggling with defense, but hopefully we can get it together."
Leading 92-83 early in the third period, Denver watched San Antonio reel off 12 straight points. The Spurs were clinging to a 117-114 lead with 2:08 to go in the third when a 12-2 run put them up 13.
"In the third period, we seemed to go flat and the Spurs got some big shots to fall," Westhead said. "Robinson is such a marvelous athlete and the Spurs run the court very well."
With the Spurs missing Rod Strickland and Willie Anderson and the Nuggets minus Michael Adams, they still combined for 314 points, just six under the nonovertime record total Denver and Golden State established last week in a 162-158 Warriors win.