The Denver Nuggets came away with the victory Friday night at the Pepsi Center, taking down the Minnesota Timberwolves, 117-113. With the victory, the Nuggets have won 3-straight, improving their record to 4-4 on the season.
J.J. Hickson got the Denver Nuggets started in the 1st quarter giving Denver the 2-0 lead after a free-throw line jumper. Kenneth Faried continues to improve his offensive game as he connected with a hook shot. Ricky Rubio turned over the ball on Minnesota’s next possession, as Ty Lawson made him pay; answering with a jumper bringing the Nuggets lead to 6-0.
Nikola Pekovic was marvelous early on for the Wolves, as he scored three-straight layups as Minnesota bounced right back into the ball game. Rubio forced a turnover with an errant pass from Denver, as he found former Nugget Corey Brewer for the easy lay in. Kevin Love got on the board with a jump shot putting the Wolves ahead 10-8 early on.
Denver would strike back; as Kenneth Faried continues to own the glass getting an offensive rebound with a put back lay-up tied the game up. On Denver’s next possession, Ty Lawson blew right past Rubio for the easy bucket. Kevin Martin has been a key contributor for the Wolves after he spent a season in OKC, as he knocks down the three in a back-and-fourth game.
J.J. Hickson was playing with energy as he scored seven points in-a-row for Denver, knocking down a tough jumper, and scoring two lay-ups; one of which was an and-one. Denver took the 23-17 lead as they were 11-of-15 from the field at that point.
Minnesota was sloppy early on as they committed five turnovers. Kenneth Faried with another offensive rebound, plus the put-back as he laid it in gave Denver an eight point lead. After a Dante Cunningham jump-shot, Wilson Chandler connected for a three. Faried recorded an offensive rebound and Chandler finished with a lay-up, giving Denver the 33-21 lead. J.J. Barea finished the 1st quarter with an off-balance shot to reduce the lead by nine, as Denver led 35-26.
Wilson Chandler continued to stay hot as he started the 2nd quarter off with a three pointer. After an empty possession from the Wolves, Nate Robinson took it to the hole as finished with a tough lay-in, bringing the Nuggets lead to 14. Kevin Martin and J.J. Barea both hit back-to-back threes, trimming the lead to eight.
Timofey Mozgov continues to impress as he finished with a hook shot. On two consecutive possessions, Dante Cunningham knocked down two jump-shots. J.J. Barea added a floater after an empty possession from Denver, as the lead was suddenly cut to four. After that bucket, Minnesota found themselves on a 12-2 run.
Andre Miller would make sure Denver kept the lead as he knocked down a wide-open three pointer. Kevin Martin was tough on the Nuggets all night as he connected with a tough fade-away. It was a back-and-fourth quarter, as Martin leaked out on the break giving Minnesota an 8-0 run. Minnesota led Denver at halftime 60-56, as they outscored them 34-21 in the 2nd quarter.
Kenneth Faried began the 3rd quarter off with a jump-shot, followed by Minnesota’s Corey Brewer answering with a leak-out dunk. Jordan Hamilton connected with a three pointer, then on the next possession, finished with a floater, giving Denver the one point advantage.
Another back-and-fourth quarter up until Timofey Mozgov finished strong at the hoop with a lay-up, leading Denver to an 8-0 run. Up until this point, Denver shot 10-17 from the field in the 3rd, as Minnesota shot 5-20. J.J. Barea would make another circus shot at the buzzer, as he reduced the Nuggets lead to five at the end of three.
Darrell Arthur continues to be a nice role player for the Nuggets as he began the 4th with a pick-and-roll jump-shot putting Denver up by seven. Evan Fournier drilled a three-pointer after a Barea floater, to give the Nuggets an eight point lead. Kenneth Faried converted a tip-slam as it seemed Denver was going to walk to victory.
Minnesota strikes right back as Kevin Love knocked down a three, reducing the lead to eight. Wilson Chandler would answer as he knocked one down as well, bringing the Denver lead to nine. But Corey Brewer was fouled by Ty Lawson and went 1-of-2 from the line, and on the next possession hit a three.
Later on, Wilson Chandler was fouled as Denver led 113-110. He would proceed to knock down both free-throws, increasing the lead to five. Kevin Love would quickly respond, as he knocked down a designed three, to reduce the lead to two.
Wilson Chandler was fouled once again, as he went to the line hitting 1-of-2. But Minnesota failed to box out Nuggets point guard Andre Miller as he picked up the offensive rebound. Miller was fouled and hit 1-of-2, giving the Nuggets the 117-113 lead. Kevin Love’s three-pointer at the end was blocked ending the ball game.
In his second game of action, Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 19 points, 4 rebounds, & 3 assists off the bench.
Kenneth Faried finished with another double-double, as he totaled 16 points & 10 rebounds.
After tying a career high in points, Timofey Mozgov had a quiet 10 points & 5 rebounds.
Ty Lawson also finished with a double-double, finishing with 14 points & 10 assists.
What’s Up Next: The Denver Nuggets (4-4) will travel to Houston to play the Rockets tomorrow on a back-to-back.