DENVER, April 24 (Ticker) -- Carmelo Anthony
, Andre Miller
Denver Nuggets ran the Minnesota Timberwolves ragged in the Mile
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Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Miller added 17, seven
and six assists to lead the Nuggets to a 107-86 triumph over
the Timberwolves in Game Three of their Western Conference
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chipped in 12 points and 16 rebounds for Denver,
which lost by 14 points in each of the first two contests in the
best-of-seven series but never trailed in this one.
"The difference was that we got up here in the altitude and ran.
Home court is a good thing," Camby said. "I don't think our
guys are nervous anymore, we're playing loose and having fun."
"The game was fun tonight. I play my best when I am having
fun," Anthony added. "The first two games, I was too
analytical. Tonight we played our game. It is a series now.
We knew we had our backs against the wall."
It was the Nuggets' first playoff victory since winning Game Six
of the 1994 conference semifinals against Utah. Denver lost
Game Seven of that series, was swept in three games by San
Antonio the following year and missed the playoffs the next
"Denver has a great tradition and a great history," Nuggets
coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "It's been dormant for a couple of
years, but we're going to rekindle that. ... We knew our fans
would be there for us and we wanted be there for our fans."
The Nuggets jumped out to a 23-6 lead, had a 30-18 cushion after
one quarter and a 54-41 advantage at halftime. Minnesota
pulled within 67-59 on a 3-pointer by Latrell Sprewell
left in the third quarter before Denver embarked on an 11-0 run
over the next 3:12 to effectively put away the game.
"Denver is a great first-quarter team," Minnesota coach Flip
Saunders said. "We made about three different runs but couldn't
get over the hump. They did a very good job, they made us play
out of character. Their whole team played with energy at
Sprewell scored 25 points and Kevin Garnett
collected 24, 11
rebounds and eight assists for the Timberwolves, who had won 11
straight games since a road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on
"We didn't play well," Sprewell said. "If we defend, they don't
score 100 points. They were energetic and aggressive. We have
to make some adjustments. We would like to get them down early
(in Game Four) on Tuesday, but that is easier said than done."
"We felt like we didn't do anything right tonight, we felt out
of sync," Garnett added. "Our plan was to take the crowd out of
the game early, but that just didn't happen."
Denver dominated Minnesota on the glass, 53-36, holding a 20-7
advantage in offensive rebounds, and handed out 29 assists.
"Our goal tonight was to compete with passion, togetherness,"
Bzdelik said. "We did a good job tonight. Everybody played
very well. I like the fact that we had a lot of assists."
"Denver should have confidence," Saunders said. "They
manhandled us. They outrebounded us. ... We were in a Catch-22
situation - we didn't do anything defensively, but we couldn't
do anything on offense, either."