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Towns, Timberwolves beat Nuggets, ready for Flip's memorial


By PAT GRAHAM
Posted Oct 31 2015 2:39AM

DENVER (AP) Two emotional road wins to start the season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Now, an emotional day awaits as they attend the memorial service of Flip Saunders.

"We go tomorrow as winners to go bury our coach," said Karl-Anthony Towns, who had 28 points and 14 rebounds as Minnesota beat the Denver Nuggets 95-78 on Friday night. "That was more important to me."

The Timberwolves have been playing with heavy hearts since Saunders died Sunday after complications from Hodgkin's lymphoma. Timberwolves veteran Kevin Garnett said that being on the court has been a "good outlet" for his team as it goes through such a difficult time.

"Something that can take your mind off reality for a little bit," Garnett said. "Tough week for us. But we're managing."

Andrew Wiggins added 18 points despite a sore back as the Timberwolves followed up a season-opening win over the Los Angeles Lakers. They were 7-34 away from home last season.

Emmanuel Mudiay scored 15 points for the Nuggets in the home debut of new coach Michael Malone.

"We came out very, very flat - no pace to our game," Malone said. "We couldn't make a shot and Karl-Anthony Towns showcased why he's one of the best young bigs in the NBA."

Towns used some tricks that Garnett has been teaching him to elude the Nuggets all evening. He became the first teenager in NBA history to record two straight double-doubles to start his career, according to the Timberwolves.

His thoughts, though, were on Saunders after the game. Same with Ricky Rubio.

"We're going to take care of our business on the road if we want to win, especially for the guy up there watching (out) for us," Rubio said. "I think we did our job."

Minnesota missed five straight free throws to start the second quarter and then hit 24 in a row. The string was snapped when Towns missed with 4:41 remaining - and the game in hand.

That showed Towns is human.

"I messed up," the No. 1 draft choice said. "I haven't missed a free throw in a long, long time."

TIRED ARMS

Towns finished 11 of 19 from the floor, the most shots he said he's taken since high school.

"A lot of my points came off one dribble and going to basket," Towns said. "With them being 6-foot-9 and lighter and me being 7-foot, that's not supposed to happen. I was just seeing openings."

ROAD WARRIORS

The Timberwolves said this was the first time in franchise history they began 2-0 with both wins coming on the road.

"I'm really happy because it has been a tough week for us," interim coach Sam Mitchell said. "Our guys have worked extremely hard and should be proud."

BASKETBALL BOND

Following his firing in Sacramento last season, Malone was invited by Saunders to spend time with the Timberwolves. Malone said they bonded over basketball and it "meant the world."

"I didn't know (Saunders) long, but in the short time I got to know him, we got to be very close," Malone said. "Big loss for the entire NBA and coaching community, for the Wolves and for me, personally.

"I feel blessed to have gotten to know him the way I did before he passed."

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Rubio had 12 points and eight assists. ... Kevin Martin added 14 points.

Nuggets: Wilson Chandler (hip) and Jusuf Nurkic (knee) didn't play. ... Malone and GM Tim Connelly are planning to attend Saunders' memorial service. ... Denver didn't have the same crisp passing and tenacious defense it had in a 105-85 win at Houston on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Minnesota plays its home opener Monday against Portland.

Nuggets: Denver is at Oklahoma State on Sunday.


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MIN
DEN
     
    • 42.3%

    • 30.5%

    • 18.2%

    • 20.0%

    • 80.5%

    • 75.0%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
MIN DEN
Total Rebounds 49 51
Offensive Rebounds 7 17
Turnovers 17 14
Fast Break Pts: 12 7
Biggest Lead: 21 0
Points in the Paint: 36 44
MIN DEN
p Towns   28 Mudiay   15
rb Towns   14 Faried   15
a Rubio   8 Nelson   4
s 2 players   2 2 players   2
b Towns   4 Mudiay   2
 
  • 10/30 - MIN 95 @ DEN 78
  • 12/11 - MIN 108 @ DEN 111
  • 12/15 - DEN 112 @ MIN 100
  • 01/06 - DEN 78 @ MIN 74
Minnesota Timberwolves (2-0)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Prince F 29:20 1-3 0-2 0-0 +22 0 3 3 2 2 2 0 0 0 2
K. Garnett F 22:19 1-3 0-0 2-2 +16 1 5 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 4
K. Towns C 33:12 11-19 0-0 6-7 +15 3 11 14 2 3 0 1 4 1 28
A. Wiggins G 30:41 5-13 0-1 8-10 +14 2 2 4 1 2 0 4 1 2 18
R. Rubio G 30:24 2-8 0-2 8-9 +21 1 4 5 8 3 1 2 0 0 12
N. Bjelica   25:41 1-2 1-1 0-3 +1 0 8 8 1 4 1 2 0 0 3
K. Martin   21:20 4-9 1-2 5-6 -1 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 0 1 14
S. Muhammad   16:11 1-5 0-2 0-0 +1 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 0 2
G. Dieng   13:16 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 2
Z. LaVine   17:36 3-6 0-1 4-4 -4 0 4 4 3 3 0 4 0 0 10
A. Miller DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Payne DNP - Coach's Decision
D. Rudez DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 30-71 2-11 33-41   7 42 49 18 24 7 17 6 4 95
  42.3% 18.2% 80.5%   team rebs: 7 total to: 18
Denver Nuggets (1-1)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
D. Gallinari F 33:23 4-13 0-3 2-2 -25 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 0 2 10
K. Faried F 26:47 3-10 0-0 3-4 -24 6 9 15 1 1 1 2 0 0 9
J. Lauvergne C 16:15 4-7 0-1 2-2 -5 3 2 5 2 3 0 0 0 1 10
G. Harris G 17:53 2-8 0-2 0-0 -15 1 0 1 1 3 1 1 0 0 4
E. Mudiay G 26:30 5-15 2-5 3-6 -13 0 2 2 2 2 2 4 2 1 15
W. Barton   29:41 4-14 1-4 5-6 -5 1 3 4 1 4 2 0 1 1 14
R. Foye   08:22 0-2 0-2 0-0 -7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
J. Nelson   25:42 1-10 1-4 0-0 +2 0 2 2 4 2 1 1 0 1 3
D. Arthur   26:26 1-7 1-3 0-0 -6 3 6 9 2 5 0 1 1 0 3
N. Jokic   18:09 5-8 0-0 0-0 +10 3 6 9 1 3 0 2 0 0 10
M. Miller   09:20 0-1 0-1 0-0 +5 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
E. Green   01:32 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Hickson DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 29-95 5-25 15-20   17 34 51 15 27 7 14 4 6 78
  30.5% 20.0% 75.0%   team rebs: 13 total to: 15

inactive

  • Timberwolves: Jones, Pekovic
  • Nuggets: Chandler, Nurkic

technical fouls

  • Timberwolves: Wiggins
  • Nuggets: Arthur, Barton, Faried

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 0
  • Times Tied: 2

arena stats

  • Arena: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
  • Officials: #49 Tom Washington, #11 Derrick Collins, #74 Curtis Blair
  • Attendance: 17660
  • Duration: 2:27
Minnesota Timberwolves (3-0) Denver Nuggets (1-2)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Lauvergne vs Towns (Faried gains possession)
  11:38 Harris Jump Shot: Missed 
Prince Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:36  
Rubio Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  11:18
[MIN 2-0]
 
  10:53 Mudiay Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:51  
Wiggins Layup Shot: Missed  10:35  
Towns Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  10:33  
  10:31 Lauvergne Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (T Washington) 
Towns Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  10:31
[MIN 3-0]
 
Towns Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  10:31
[MIN 4-0]
 
  10:10
[DEN 2-4]
Gallinari Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Towns Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Prince (1 AST)  09:51
[MIN 6-2]
 
Garnett Foul: Personal (1 PF) (C Blair)  09:42  
Rubio Foul: Personal (1 PF) (C Blair)  09:38  
  09:33 Mudiay Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:33  
Rubio Jump Shot: Missed  09:16  
  09:15 Faried Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:06 Faried Dunk Shot: Missed 
  09:05 Lauvergne Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  08:58
[DEN 4-6]
Harris Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Gallinari (1 AST) 
Towns Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rubio (1 AST)  08:44
[MIN 8-4]
 
  08:22
[DEN 6-8]
Lauvergne Driving Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Faried (1 AST) 
Rubio Jump Shot: Missed  08:04  
  08:04 Gallinari Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Prince Foul: Personal (1 PF) (D Collins)  08:00  
  07:48
[DEN 8-8]
Gallinari Driving Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
  07:33 Harris Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (C Blair) 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  07:33
[MIN 9-8]
 
Garnett Substitution replaced by Bjelica  07:33  
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  07:33
[MIN 10-8]
 
  07:14
[DEN 10-10]
Harris Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Mudiay (1 AST) 
Wiggins Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Harris (1 ST)  06:59  
  06:54 Gallinari Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (1 TO) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:54  
Wiggins Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:42
[MIN 12-10]
 
  06:42 Harris Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (T Washington) 
  06:42 Harris Substitution replaced by Barton 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS)  06:42
[MIN 13-10]
 
  06:30 Barton Jump Shot: Missed Block: Wiggins (1 BLK) 
Towns Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:28  
Wiggins Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  06:18  
  06:17 Mudiay Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:10 Mudiay Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed Block: Towns (1 BLK) 
Prince Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:09  
Towns Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  05:56  
  05:55 Faried Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:43 Lauvergne Jump Shot: Missed Block: Towns (2 BLK) 
  05:41 Faried Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  05:35 Mudiay Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:34 Team Rebound 
  05:34 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Prince Substitution replaced by Martin  05:34  
  05:34 Lauvergne Substitution replaced by Foye 
Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed  05:19  
  05:18 Faried Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  04:58 Faried Hook Bank Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:57  
Martin Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Faried (1 ST)  04:54  
  04:50
[DEN 12-13]
Faried Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Towns Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Rubio (2 AST)  04:38
[MIN 15-12]
 
  04:38 Team Timeout : Regular 
  04:38 Mudiay Substitution replaced by Nelson 
Towns Substitution replaced by Muhammad  04:38  
Wiggins Substitution replaced by Dieng  04:38  
  04:18 Gallinari 3pt Shot: Missed 
Muhammad Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:17  
Bjelica 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Martin (1 AST)  04:03
[MIN 18-12]
 
  03:44
[DEN 14-18]
Faried Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Barton (1 AST) 
  03:29 Faried Violation:Defensive Goaltending (D Collins) 
Muhammad Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  03:29
[MIN 20-14]
 
Rubio Foul: Personal (2 PF) (C Blair)  03:19  
Rubio Substitution replaced by LaVine  03:13  
  03:13 Faried Substitution replaced by Arthur 
  03:13 Foye Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (1 TO) 
Martin Jump Shot: Missed  02:56  
  02:54 Arthur Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  02:47 Foye 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bjelica Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:46  
Dieng Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: LaVine (1 AST)  02:35
[MIN 22-14]
 
  02:22 Nelson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:20  
Martin Jump Shot: Missed  02:10  
  02:09 Gallinari Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:04 Gallinari Jump Shot: Missed Block: Dieng (1 BLK) 
Team Rebound  02:03  
  01:52 Nelson Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (T Washington) 
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  01:52
[MIN 23-14]
 
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  01:52
[MIN 24-14]
 
  01:38 Barton Floating Jump shot: Missed 
Bjelica Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:37  
Muhammad Foul: Offensive Charge (1 PF) (C Blair)  01:30  
Muhammad Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  01:30  
  01:19
[DEN 16-24]
Barton Cutting Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Nelson (1 AST) 
  01:01 Arthur Foul: Defense 3 Second (0 PF) (D Collins) 
Martin Free Throw Technical Missed  01:01  
Team Rebound  01:01  
Martin Cutting Dunk Shot: Missed Block: Barton (1 BLK)  00:55.9  
  00:53.9 Arthur Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:45.9 Foye 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bjelica Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  00:44.9  
LaVine 3pt Shot: Missed  00:32.8  
  00:31.8 Arthur Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:13.8 Nelson Floating Jump shot: Missed 
  00:12.9 Arthur Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:11.7 Arthur Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (1 TO) 
LaVine Fadeaway Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  00:00.8
[MIN 26-16]
 
End of 1st Quarter
Minnesota Timberwolves (3-0) Denver Nuggets (1-2)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
Martin 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: LaVine (2 AST)  11:45
[MIN 29-16]
 
  11:24 Gallinari 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dieng Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:23  
Martin Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Nelson (1 ST)  11:06  
Muhammad Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (C Blair)  11:03  
  11:03
[DEN 17-29]
Barton Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  11:03 Gallinari Substitution replaced by Jokic 
  11:03
[DEN 18-29]
Barton Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
LaVine Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS)  10:48
[MIN 31-18]
 
  10:35 Jokic Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Martin (1 ST) 
Muhammad 3pt Shot: Missed  10:23  
  10:22 Arthur Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  10:08
[DEN 21-31]
Arthur 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Nelson (2 AST) 
Dieng Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  09:35  
  09:34 Jokic Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:26 Nelson Floating Jump shot: Missed 
Bjelica Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  09:25  
LaVine Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (1 TO)  09:12  
  09:12 Foye Substitution replaced by Mudiay 
  09:03 Mudiay Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:03  
Dieng Substitution replaced by Towns  09:03  
Muhammad Hook Bank Shot: Missed  08:52  
  08:52 Jokic Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
LaVine Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (D Collins)  08:45  
  08:45 Mudiay Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  08:45 Team Rebound 
  08:45
[DEN 22-31]
Mudiay Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  08:34 Jokic Foul: Personal (1 PF) (T Washington) 
Muhammad Substitution replaced by Wiggins  08:34  
  08:24 Barton Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (C Blair) 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  08:24  
Team Rebound  08:24  
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  08:24  
  08:23 Arthur Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  08:07
[DEN 25-31]
Mudiay 3pt Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Towns Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS)  07:46
[MIN 33-25]
 
  07:31
[DEN 27-33]
Jokic Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  07:18 Arthur Foul: Shooting Block (1 PF) (3 FTA) (D Collins) 
Bjelica Free Throw 1 of 3 Missed  07:18  
Team Rebound  07:18  
Bjelica Free Throw 2 of 3 Missed  07:18  
Team Rebound  07:18  
  07:18 Arthur Substitution replaced by Faried 
  07:18 Barton Substitution replaced by Gallinari 
Martin Substitution replaced by Prince  07:18  
Bjelica Free Throw 3 of 3 Missed  07:18  
  07:18 Faried Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  07:07 Faried Hook Shot: Missed 
  07:05 Faried Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  07:02 Faried Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Prince (1 ST) 
LaVine Layup Shot: Missed  06:46  
Towns Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  06:45  
Towns Jump Shot: Missed  06:43  
Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  06:42  
LaVine Turnover : 3 Second Violation (2 TO)  06:41  
  06:27 Jokic Layup Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  06:26  
  06:21 Faried Foul: Personal (1 PF) (D Collins) 
LaVine Substitution replaced by Rubio  06:21  
  06:21 Jokic Substitution replaced by Lauvergne 
Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed  06:07  
  06:05 Lauvergne Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Bjelica Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (D Collins)  06:02  
  06:02 Faried Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  06:02 Team Rebound 
Bjelica Substitution replaced by Garnett  06:02  
  06:02
[DEN 28-33]
Faried Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Towns Jump Shot: Missed  05:48  
Rubio Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:47  
Towns Floating Jump shot: Missed Block: Mudiay (1 BLK)  05:43  
  05:42 Team Rebound 
  05:42  
  05:27 Gallinari Jump Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  05:26  
  05:26 Jump Ball Faried vs Towns (Garnett gains possession) 
Towns Jump Shot: Missed  05:10  
  05:09 Faried Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  05:02 Mudiay Jump Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:4)  05:01  
  04:57 Gallinari Foul: Shooting Block (1 PF) (2 FTA) (C Blair) 
Towns Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  04:57
[MIN 34-28]
 
Towns Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  04:57
[MIN 35-28]
 
  04:33 Nelson 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:32 Faried Rebound (Off:3 Def:5) 
Garnett Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (C Blair)  04:26  
  04:26
[DEN 29-35]
Gallinari Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  04:26
[DEN 30-35]
Gallinari Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Wiggins Layup Shot: Missed Block: Mudiay (2 BLK)  04:09  
  04:08 Mudiay Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:02
[DEN 32-35]
Mudiay Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Lauvergne (1 AST) 
Wiggins Dunk Shot: Missed  03:46  
Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  03:46  
Prince 3pt Shot: Missed  03:40  
  03:40 Faried Rebound (Off:3 Def:6) 
  03:29 Nelson Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  03:28  
  03:28 Lauvergne Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) (T Washington) 
  03:28 Faried Technical (T Washington) 
Rubio Free Throw Technical (3 PTS)  03:28
[MIN 36-32]
 
Rubio Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS)  03:28
[MIN 37-32]
 
  03:28 Nelson Substitution replaced by Harris 
Rubio Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS)  03:28
[MIN 38-32]
 
  03:16 Faried Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:16 Team Rebound 
Towns Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) (2 FTA) (T Washington)  03:16  
  03:16
[DEN 33-38]
Lauvergne Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  03:16
[DEN 34-38]
Lauvergne Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Rubio Turnover : Double Dribble (1 TO)  03:07  
  03:07 Lauvergne Substitution replaced by Arthur 
  02:51 Harris Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (1 TO) 
  02:51 Team Timeout : Regular 
Wiggins Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS)  02:34
[MIN 40-34]
 
  02:12 Arthur Jump Shot: Missed 
Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:11  
Wiggins Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Mudiay (1 ST)  01:56  
  01:51
[DEN 36-40]
Mudiay Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Garnett Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Towns (1 AST)  01:33
[MIN 42-36]
 
  01:20 Harris 3pt Shot: Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  01:19  
Towns Dunk Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Rubio (3 AST)  01:08
[MIN 44-36]
 
  01:08 Team Timeout : Short 
  01:08 Harris Substitution replaced by Barton 
Rubio Substitution replaced by LaVine  01:08  
Wiggins Substitution replaced by Martin  01:08  
Prince Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) (C Blair)  00:54.9  
  00:54.9
[DEN 37-44]
Faried Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS) 
  00:54.9
[DEN 38-44]
Faried Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS) 
LaVine Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Mudiay (2 ST)  00:41.8  
  00:32.9 Gallinari Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed 
LaVine Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:31.9  
  00:27.9 Arthur Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (3 FTA) (T Washington) 
Martin Free Throw 1 of 3 (6 PTS)  00:27.9
[MIN 45-38]
 
Martin Free Throw 2 of 3 (7 PTS)  00:27.9
[MIN 46-38]
 
Martin Free Throw 3 of 3 (8 PTS)  00:27.9
[MIN 47-38]
 
LaVine Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) (C Blair)  00:08.7  
  00:08.7 Mudiay Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:08.7 Team Rebound 
  00:08.7 Arthur Substitution replaced by Jokic 
  00:08.7
[DEN 39-47]
Mudiay Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
LaVine Floating Jump shot: Made (6 PTS)  00:01.6
[MIN 49-39]
 
  00:00.0 Mudiay 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 2nd Quarter
Minnesota Timberwolves (3-0) Denver Nuggets (1-2)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Towns Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Prince (2 AST)  11:42
[MIN 51-39]
 
  11:17 Gallinari Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:6)  11:16  
  11:10 Mudiay Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (D Collins) 
Rubio Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  11:10
[MIN 52-39]
 
Rubio Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  11:10
[MIN 53-39]
 
  10:45
[DEN 41-53]
Gallinari Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
  10:29 Harris Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (C Blair) 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  10:29
[MIN 54-41]
 
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  10:29
[MIN 55-41]
 
  10:16 Lauvergne Hook Bank Shot: Missed 
  10:13 Faried Rebound (Off:4 Def:6) 
  10:13
[DEN 43-55]
Faried Putback Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Rubio 3pt Shot: Missed  09:51  
  09:50 Faried Rebound (Off:4 Def:7) 
  09:41
[DEN 46-55]
Mudiay 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Lauvergne (2 AST) 
Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed  09:25  
  09:25 Faried Rebound (Off:4 Def:8) 
  09:19
[DEN 48-55]
Lauvergne Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Mudiay (2 AST) 
Towns Driving Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS)  08:59
[MIN 57-48]
 
  08:59 Lauvergne Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (1 FTA) (T Washington) 
Towns Free Throw 1 of 1 (19 PTS)  08:59
[MIN 58-48]
 
  08:51 Mudiay Layup Shot: Missed 
  08:50 Team Rebound 
  08:39 Gallinari Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:7)  08:39  
Towns Layup Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (1 AST)  08:23
[MIN 60-48]
 
  08:01 Harris Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:01 Team Rebound 
Towns Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) (C Blair)  08:01  
  07:55 Mudiay 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:8)  07:54  
  07:49 Gallinari Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (C Blair) 
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  07:49
[MIN 61-48]
 
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  07:49
[MIN 62-48]
 
  07:44 Team Timeout : Regular 
  07:36 Faried Layup Shot: Missed 
  07:35 Lauvergne Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  07:35
[DEN 50-62]
Lauvergne Tip Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Wiggins Turnover : Traveling (3 TO)  07:23  
  07:03 Harris Layup Shot: Missed 
  07:02 Harris Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  07:02 Harris Putback Layup Shot: Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  07:00  
Prince 3pt Shot: Missed  06:52  
Wiggins Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:51  
Garnett Jump Shot: Missed  06:41  
  06:40 Lauvergne Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  06:37 Mudiay Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Garnett (1 ST) 
Wiggins Foul: Offensive Charge (1 PF) (C Blair)  06:34  
Wiggins Turnover : Foul (4 TO)  06:34  
  06:12 Lauvergne 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:9)  06:11  
Rubio Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed  06:00  
Wiggins Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  05:57  
Wiggins Tip Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  05:57
[MIN 64-50]
 
  05:41 Mudiay Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:40 Lauvergne Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  05:35
[DEN 52-64]
Lauvergne Hook Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Wiggins Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Rubio (4 AST)  05:25
[MIN 66-52]
 
  05:25 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:25 Lauvergne Substitution replaced by Arthur 
Garnett Substitution replaced by Bjelica  05:25  
  05:14 Mudiay Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Prince (2 ST) 
Towns Floating Jump shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: Rubio (5 AST)  05:09
[MIN 68-52]
 
  05:09 Gallinari Foul: Shooting Block (3 PF) (1 FTA) (C Blair) 
  05:09 Mudiay Substitution replaced by Nelson 
  05:09 Harris Substitution replaced by Barton 
Towns Free Throw 1 of 1 (24 PTS)  05:09
[MIN 69-52]
 
  04:49 Gallinari Jump Shot: Missed Block: Towns (3 BLK) 
Rubio Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:47  
Towns Jump Shot: Made (26 PTS) Assist: Bjelica (1 AST)  04:41
[MIN 71-52]
 
  04:25 Faried Hook Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  04:23  
  04:23 Arthur Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA) (C Blair) 
Rubio Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  04:23
[MIN 72-52]
 
Towns Substitution replaced by Dieng  04:23  
  04:23 Faried Substitution replaced by Jokic 
Rubio Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  04:23
[MIN 73-52]
 
  04:11
[DEN 54-73]
Barton Floating Jump shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Arthur (1 AST) 
Bjelica Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (D Collins)  04:11  
Rubio Substitution replaced by LaVine  04:11  
  04:11
[DEN 55-73]
Barton Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS) 
  03:54 Gallinari Foul: Personal (4 PF) (2 FTA) (D Collins) 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS)  03:54
[MIN 74-55]
 
Prince Substitution replaced by Martin  03:54  
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS)  03:54
[MIN 75-55]
 
  03:39
[DEN 58-75]
Barton 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Jokic (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:37  
Wiggins Substitution replaced by Muhammad  03:37  
Martin Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: LaVine (3 AST)  03:31
[MIN 77-58]
 
  03:09 Arthur Jump Shot: Missed 
LaVine Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:09  
LaVine Turnover : Traveling (4 TO)  03:02  
  02:46
[DEN 60-77]
Gallinari Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Dieng Jump Shot: Missed  02:24  
  02:23 Barton Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  02:10 Gallinari 3pt Shot: Missed 
  02:09 Arthur Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  02:06 Barton 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bjelica Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  02:05  
Muhammad 3pt Shot: Missed  01:58  
  01:57 Team Rebound 
  01:57 Gallinari Substitution replaced by Miller 
  01:45
[DEN 63-77]
Nelson 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
LaVine Jump Shot: Missed  01:22  
  01:20 Nelson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:14 Nelson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bjelica Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  01:13  
Bjelica Driving Layup Shot: Missed  00:59.9  
  00:57.9 Jokic Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:48.1 Arthur Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:47.1 Team Rebound 
Dieng Foul: Loose Ball (1 PF) (D Collins)  00:47.1  
  00:34.9 Miller 3pt Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  00:33.7  
Dieng Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Barton (1 ST)  00:12.9  
  00:07.8 Barton 3pt Shot: Missed 
LaVine Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  00:05.9  
  00:04.5 Jokic Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (D Collins) 
LaVine Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  00:04.5
[MIN 78-63]
 
LaVine Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  00:04.5
[MIN 79-63]
 
End of 3rd Quarter
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Muhammad Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (D Collins)  11:48  
  11:48
[DEN 64-79]
Barton Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  11:48
[DEN 65-79]
Barton Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Martin Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed  11:34  
  11:32 Jokic Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  11:23 Arthur 3pt Shot: Missed 
LaVine Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  11:23  
Bjelica Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Barton (2 ST)  11:18  
Bjelica Foul: Personal Take (3 PF) (C Blair)  11:13  
  11:05
[DEN 67-79]
Jokic Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Arthur (2 AST) 
  10:42 Nelson Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (T Washington) 
LaVine Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  10:42
[MIN 80-67]
 
Dieng Substitution replaced by Towns  10:42  
LaVine Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  10:42
[MIN 81-67]
 
  10:32
[DEN 69-81]
Jokic Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Nelson (3 AST) 
Martin 3pt Shot: Missed  10:07  
  10:06 Miller Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:00 Barton Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
Bjelica Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  09:58  
Towns Foul: Offensive (3 PF) (D Collins)  09:48  
Towns Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  09:48  
LaVine Foul: Personal (3 PF) (D Collins)  09:41  
  09:27 Barton 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:10)  09:27  
Muhammad Floating Jump shot: Missed  09:02  
  09:02 Arthur Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  08:56 Barton Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Bjelica Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)  08:55  
Bjelica Foul: Offensive Charge (4 PF) (C Blair)  08:35  
Bjelica Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  08:35  
  08:35  
LaVine Substitution replaced by Rubio  08:35  
  08:21 Miller Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Bjelica (1 ST) 
  08:19 Barton Foul: Personal (2 PF) (D Collins) 
Martin Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Rubio (6 AST)  08:10
[MIN 83-69]
 
  08:00 Nelson Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  07:58 Jokic Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  07:58
[DEN 71-83]
Jokic Putback Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Rubio 3pt Shot: Missed  07:35  
  07:34 Miller Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Martin Foul: Personal Take (1 PF) (C Blair)  07:30  
Muhammad Substitution replaced by Wiggins  07:30  
Martin Substitution replaced by Prince  07:30  
  07:13 Nelson Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:10 Arthur Rebound (Off:3 Def:6) 
  07:10 Arthur Putback Dunk Shot: Missed 
Rubio Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  07:09  
  07:04 Barton Foul: Personal (3 PF) (T Washington) 
Rubio Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (2 TO)  07:00  
  06:47
[DEN 73-83]
Barton Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Nelson (4 AST) 
Wiggins Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (T Washington)  06:47  
Team Timeout : Regular  06:47  
Bjelica Substitution replaced by Garnett  06:47  
  06:47 Barton Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Prince Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:46  
Wiggins Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Arthur (1 BLK)  06:32  
Team Rebound  06:32  
Towns Jump Shot: Missed  06:21  
  06:19 Jokic Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  05:55 Nelson Jump Shot: Missed Block: Towns (4 BLK) 
Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  05:54  
  05:51 Arthur Foul: Personal (4 PF) (C Blair) 
Towns Driving Layup Shot: Missed  05:37  
  05:36 Barton Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:27 Jokic Hook Shot: Missed 
  05:25 Jokic Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  05:25 Jokic Layup Shot: Missed 
  05:22 Jokic Rebound (Off:3 Def:5) 
  05:22 Jokic Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Rubio (1 ST) 
Garnett Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  05:03  
  05:03 Jokic Rebound (Off:3 Def:6) 
  04:57 Nelson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Garnett (2 ST) 
Towns Jump Shot: Made (28 PTS) Assist: Rubio (7 AST)  04:41
[MIN 85-73]
 
  04:41 Jokic Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (1 FTA) (T Washington) 
Towns Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  04:41  
  04:41 Nelson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:37 Team Timeout : Regular 
  04:37 Nelson Substitution replaced by Mudiay 
  04:37 Jokic Substitution replaced by Gallinari 
  04:37 Miller Substitution replaced by Faried 
  04:27 Arthur 3pt Shot: Missed 
Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:11)  04:26  
Rubio Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Towns (2 AST)  04:06
[MIN 87-73]
 
  03:48 Mudiay 3pt Shot: Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  03:46  
  03:30 Arthur Foul: Shooting (5 PF) (2 FTA) (D Collins) 
Rubio Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  03:30  
Team Rebound  03:30  
Rubio Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  03:30
[MIN 88-73]
 
Rubio Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA) (D Collins)  03:24  
  03:24 Mudiay Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:24 Team Rebound 
  03:24 Arthur Substitution replaced by Harris 
  03:24
[DEN 74-88]
Mudiay Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
Towns Jump Shot: Missed  03:11  
  03:11 Barton Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  02:59
[DEN 76-88]
Mudiay Floating Jump shot: Made (15 PTS) 
Wiggins Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (17 PTS)  02:35
[MIN 90-76]
 
  02:35 Barton Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (1 FTA) (D Collins) 
  02:35 Double Technical - Barton, Wiggins (T Washington) 
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 1 (18 PTS)  02:35
[MIN 91-76]
 
  02:20 Barton Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:19 Barton Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  02:19 Barton Layup Shot: Missed 
  02:17 Faried Rebound (Off:5 Def:8) 
  02:17 Faried Putback Layup Shot: Missed 
  02:17 Team Rebound 
  02:05 Barton Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:04 Faried Rebound (Off:6 Def:8) 
  02:04 Faried Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (2 TO) 
Rubio Jump Shot: Missed  01:39  
  01:38 Faried Rebound (Off:6 Def:9) 
  01:32 Mudiay Foul: Offensive Charge (2 PF) (C Blair) 
  01:32 Mudiay Turnover : Foul (4 TO) 
Garnett Substitution replaced by Martin  01:32  
Towns Substitution replaced by Bjelica  01:32  
  01:32 Mudiay Substitution replaced by Green 
  01:32 Faried Substitution replaced by Jokic 
  01:32 Gallinari Substitution replaced by Arthur 
Martin Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Rubio (8 AST)  01:11
[MIN 93-76]
 
  01:00
[DEN 78-93]
Jokic Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Harris (1 AST) 
Prince Step Back Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  00:38.9
[MIN 95-78]
 
  00:25.9 Harris 3pt Shot: Missed 
Wiggins Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  00:24.9  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  00:01.2  
End of 4th Quarter
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