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Gallinari, Nuggets snap 6-game skid with win over Wolves


By JON KRAWCZYNSKI
Posted Jan 07 2016 12:01AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves entered their game tied at the bottom of the Northwest Division and they played that way in a grinding, ugly slugfest on Wednesday night.

And the Nuggets just didn't miss quite as much as the Wolves did down the stretch.

Danilo Gallinari had 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists to help Denver snap a six-game losing streak with a 78-74 victory over the reeling Timberwolves.

Jusuf Nurkic had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Nuggets overcame 35.8 percent shooting by hitting eight of 20 3-pointers. Denver had lost nine of its previous 10 games, but won for the first time when scoring fewer than 100 points this season.

"It wasn't pretty basketball at times but there's no such thing as an ugly win," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Nikola Pekovic scored 12 in his season debut for the Timberwolves. Minnesota has lost four straight games, eight of its last nine and is 5-14 at home this season.

The Timberwolves shot 2 for 20 in the fourth quarter and made just three of 11 3-pointers.

"Story of our life," Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell said, alluding to the team's season-long problems scoring.

Gallinari and Nurkic were the only Nuggets in double figures. But they held the Wolves to 38 percent shooting and allowed just one field goal in the final 11 minutes of the fourth quarter in an effort that made the hard-nosed Malone proud.

"I don't care who we play, whether it's Minnesota or a team like Houston, our defense has to play at a high level and be more consistent," Malone said.

The Timberwolves held a 90-minute team meeting on Tuesday after getting handled by the lowly 76ers in Philadelphia a night earlier. Mitchell said he hoped the session would help his younger players get on the same page with the veterans in the group and deliver a more sustained effort on both ends of the floor.

The Wolves jumped out to a 10-point lead early in the third quarter before Gallinari and Nurkic brought the Nuggets back. Nurkic missed the first 33 games this season while recovering from a left patellar tendon repair, and he flexed his muscle against the Wolves.

Nurkic's two straight layups in traffic gave Denver a 74-69 lead with 7 minutes to play in the final quarter, and Andrew Wiggins missed a point-blank jumper in the lane that would have tied the game in the final 10 seconds.

"I'm pressing," Towns said. "I don't know if anyone else is, but I am. I want to win. We have to change the tide. We can't keep losing these games."

PEKOVIC RETURNS

Pekovic played for the first time since March 11. The oft-injured big man had surgery to address irritation in his right Achilles over the summer, a last-ditch effort to try to solve the foot issues that have plagued him for the last few years.

The fan favorite received a standing ovation upon entering the game and he quickly converted a layup to get rolling. He capped the first half with his patented move - a baby hook over his left shoulder to give him eight points in 7 minutes.

"It feels good just to be out there with the guys," Pekovic said. "It was not that bad, like I expected. I expected it was going to be way worse."

NUGGETS BENCH

Denver's reserves scored 37 points and helped turn around the game in the third quarter when the starters came out flat. Nurkic, Darrell Arthur and Randy Foye led a 9-0 run to get them back in the game and all six players had a positive net rating. Foye was a plus-16 in 27 minutes and Will Barton was a plus-15 in 26.

"It's fun, you know, always when you're back after a long time," Nurkic said. "I can't wait to play. I just tried to help my teammates to win. And I think we did a great job tonight."

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Malone initially thought PG Emmanuel Mudiay would be ready to return from a sprained right ankle, but Mudiay woke up very sore after practicing hard on Tuesday. Malone said he was hopeful Mudiay would play Friday at Memphis.

Timberwolves: Kevin Martin played for the first time in seven games while the Wolves looked to trade him. He had nine points in 16 minutes.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Visit Memphis on Friday.

Timberwolves: Host Cleveland on Friday.


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DEN
MIN
     
    • 35.8%

    • 38.4%

    • 40.0%

    • 27.3%

    • 70.6%

    • 75.0%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
DEN MIN
Total Rebounds 46 40
Offensive Rebounds 13 8
Turnovers 11 9
Fast Break Pts: 8 6
Biggest Lead: 5 10
Points in the Paint: 30 26
DEN MIN
p Gallinari   20 Towns   14
rb Nurkic   10 Towns   14
a Arthur   5 Rubio   7
s Faried   2 5 players   1
b Nurkic   5 Towns   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
Denver Nuggets (13-23)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
D. Gallinari F 35:18 6-15 2-2 6-7 0 0 7 7 4 1 0 2 0 0 20
K. Faried F 18:08 1-8 0-0 1-2 -11 2 5 7 0 2 2 0 0 1 3
N. Jokic C 25:45 2-5 0-1 0-0 -7 2 3 5 3 1 0 2 0 1 4
G. Harris G 24:22 3-6 2-4 0-0 -12 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8
J. Nelson G 20:18 2-8 2-4 0-0 -10 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 6
D. Arthur   29:50 3-8 1-4 0-0 +13 3 3 6 5 3 1 0 2 1 7
J. Nurkic   22:00 6-14 0-0 3-6 +9 3 7 10 2 5 0 1 5 1 15
W. Barton   25:38 2-6 1-2 2-2 +15 2 4 6 1 3 0 3 0 0 7
R. Foye   27:44 2-7 0-2 0-0 +16 1 2 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 4
K. Papanikolaou   10:56 2-4 0-1 0-0 +5 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
M. Miller   00:02 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Hickson DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Lauvergne DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 29-81 8-20 12-17   13 33 46 21 19 3 11 7 5 78
  35.8% 40.0% 70.6%   team rebs: 11 total to: 11
Minnesota Timberwolves (12-24)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
T. Prince F 32:33 3-5 0-0 0-0 +3 0 3 3 2 2 1 0 1 0 6
K. Garnett F 20:44 2-4 0-0 0-0 +11 1 3 4 4 3 1 2 1 0 4
K. Towns C 32:07 6-14 0-1 2-2 +1 4 10 14 2 2 0 0 2 2 14
A. Wiggins G 31:22 4-14 0-1 3-6 -2 1 2 3 1 0 0 4 0 1 11
R. Rubio G 31:11 3-8 2-4 1-2 +5 0 4 4 7 2 1 0 0 1 9
G. Dieng   27:01 0-4 0-0 0-0 -13 2 6 8 2 2 1 0 1 1 0
N. Pekovic   15:53 3-4 0-0 6-6 -5 0 2 2 0 3 0 2 0 0 12
S. Muhammad   15:58 3-6 0-1 1-2 -5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7
K. Martin   16:22 3-9 1-3 2-2 -6 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 9
Z. LaVine   16:49 1-5 0-1 0-0 -9 0 0 0 4 2 1 1 0 0 2
N. Bjelica DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Miller DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Payne DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 28-73 3-11 15-20   8 32 40 23 19 5 9 5 7 74
  38.4% 27.3% 75.0%   team rebs: 10 total to: 11

inactive

  • Nuggets: Chandler, Mudiay
  • Timberwolves: Jones, Rudez

technical fouls

  • Nuggets: Faried
  • Timberwolves: Garnett

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 17
  • Times Tied: 14

arena stats

  • Arena: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Officials: #15 Zach Zarba, #50 Gediminas Petraitis, #59 Gary Zielinski
  • Attendance: 12059
  • Duration: 2:17
Denver Nuggets (13-23) Minnesota Timberwolves (12-24)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Towns vs Jokic (Garnett gains possession)
  11:40
[MIN 2-0]
Rubio Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Towns (1 AST) 
Faried Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Jokic (1 AST)  11:14
[DEN 2-2]
 
  10:50
[MIN 5-2]
Rubio 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Garnett (1 AST) 
Gallinari 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Jokic (2 AST)  10:36
[DEN 5-5]
 
  10:13
[MIN 7-5]
Garnett Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rubio (1 AST) 
  09:50 Garnett Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (G Petraitis) 
Faried Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  09:50  
Team Rebound  09:50  
Faried Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  09:50
[DEN 6-7]
 
  09:37 Wiggins Layup Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:36  
Harris Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Nelson (1 AST)  09:30
[DEN 8-7]
 
  09:14
[MIN 9-8]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rubio (2 AST) 
Faried Jump Shot: Missed  08:51  
  08:50 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:39 Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed 
Jokic Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:38  
  08:36 Rubio Foul: Personal (1 PF) (G Zielinski) 
Harris 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Nelson (2 AST)  08:25
[DEN 11-9]
 
  08:04
[MIN 12-11]
Rubio 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Prince (1 AST) 
Harris 3pt Shot: Missed  07:48  
  07:47 Team Rebound 
  07:36 Wiggins Layup Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:35  
  07:29 Garnett Violation:Kicked Ball (Z Zarba) 
  07:25 Garnett Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (G Petraitis) 
Gallinari Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS)  07:25
[DEN 12-12]
 
Gallinari Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  07:25  
  07:25 Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:10
[MIN 14-12]
Wiggins Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rubio (3 AST) 
Gallinari Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  06:48  
  06:34
[MIN 16-12]
Towns Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Garnett (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:31  
  06:31 Garnett Substitution replaced by Dieng 
Gallinari Layup Shot: Missed  06:14  
Jokic Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:13  
Faried Layup Shot: Missed Block: Prince (1 BLK)  06:08  
  06:06 Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:50 Wiggins Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  05:49  
  05:45 Towns Foul: Personal (1 PF) (G Zielinski) 
Nelson 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Gallinari (1 AST)  05:35
[DEN 15-16]
 
  05:19 Rubio Jump Shot: Missed 
Jokic Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  05:17  
Nelson Driving Layup Shot: Missed  05:03  
  05:01 Team Rebound 
  04:37 Towns Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:36 Team Rebound 
  04:36 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Gallinari Foul: Offensive (1 PF) (G Petraitis)  04:25  
Gallinari Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  04:25  
  04:25 Towns Substitution replaced by Pekovic 
Faried Substitution replaced by Arthur  04:25  
  04:03
[MIN 18-15]
Pekovic Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Dieng (1 AST) 
Jokic Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Nelson (3 AST)  03:54
[DEN 17-18]
 
  03:35 Pekovic Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Gallinari Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:34  
Gallinari Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  03:25
[DEN 19-18]
 
  03:07 Wiggins Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (1 TO) 
  03:07 Wiggins Substitution replaced by Muhammad 
Jokic Substitution replaced by Nurkic  03:07  
Nelson Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed  02:47  
  02:46 Dieng Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Nelson Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (G Zielinski)  02:36  
  02:36 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:36 Prince Substitution replaced by Martin 
Harris Substitution replaced by Barton  02:36  
  02:36
[MIN 19-19]
Pekovic Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  02:36
[MIN 20-19]
Pekovic Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Nelson Layup Shot: Missed  02:27  
Nurkic Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  02:26  
Nurkic Layup Shot: Missed  02:26  
Nurkic Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  02:25  
Nurkic Layup Shot: Missed  02:25  
  02:24 Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Barton Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (G Petraitis)  02:17  
  02:17 Muhammad Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:17 Team Rebound 
  02:17 Rubio Substitution replaced by LaVine 
Nelson Substitution replaced by Foye  02:17  
  02:17
[MIN 21-19]
Muhammad Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  02:04 Dieng Foul: Personal Block (1 PF) (2 FTA) (Z Zarba) 
Nurkic Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  02:04
[DEN 20-21]
 
Nurkic Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  02:04
[DEN 21-21]
 
Arthur Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (Z Zarba)  01:54  
  01:54
[MIN 22-21]
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  01:54
[MIN 23-21]
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Gallinari Jump Shot: Missed  01:38  
  01:37 Dieng Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  01:27 Martin 3pt Shot: Missed 
Gallinari Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:26  
Nurkic Jump Shot: Missed  01:07  
  01:05 Pekovic Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:56.1
[MIN 25-21]
Pekovic Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: LaVine (1 AST) 
Nurkic Running Jump Shot: Missed  00:43.9  
  00:42.9 Dieng Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:33.9 Martin Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:32.9 Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:24.3 Pekovic Foul: Offensive (1 PF) (Z Zarba) 
  00:24.3 Pekovic Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Gallinari Substitution replaced by Papanikolaou  00:24.3  
Arthur 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.9  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Quarter
Denver Nuggets (13-23) Minnesota Timberwolves (12-24)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
Nurkic Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Arthur (1 AST)  11:41
[DEN 23-25]
 
  11:19 Martin 3pt Shot: Missed 
Papanikolaou Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:18  
Foye 3pt Shot: Missed  11:12  
  11:10 Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  10:58 Towns Jump Shot: Missed 
Foye Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:57  
Barton Layup Shot: Missed  10:54  
Arthur Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  10:52  
Arthur Tip Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:52
[DEN 25-25]
 
  10:36 Muhammad Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  10:34  
Nurkic Jump Shot: Missed Block: Towns (1 BLK)  10:17  
Nurkic Rebound (Off:3 Def:0)  10:16  
  10:16 LaVine Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (G Petraitis) 
Nurkic Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  10:16  
Team Rebound  10:16  
Nurkic Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  10:16  
  10:16 Dieng Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  09:53 Towns Layup Shot: Missed Block: Nurkic (1 BLK) 
Nurkic Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  09:52  
Papanikolaou Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Foye (1 AST)  09:48
[DEN 27-25]
 
  09:29
[MIN 27-27]
LaVine Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Nurkic Layup Shot: Missed  09:06  
Barton Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  09:05  
Barton Putback Layup Shot: Missed  09:04  
  09:03 Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  08:57
[MIN 29-27]
Muhammad Jump Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: LaVine (2 AST) 
Papanikolaou Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Barton (1 AST)  08:38
[DEN 29-29]
 
  08:25
[MIN 31-29]
Martin Driving Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
  08:03 Muhammad Foul: Personal (1 PF) (Z Zarba) 
  08:03  
Nurkic Substitution replaced by Jokic  08:03  
Barton Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  07:52  
  07:29
[MIN 33-29]
Towns Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: LaVine (3 AST) 
Foye Jump Shot: Missed  07:10  
Arthur Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  07:09  
Arthur Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  07:08
[DEN 31-33]
 
  06:45 LaVine Jump Shot: Missed 
Arthur Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  06:43  
Barton 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Foye (2 AST)  06:27
[DEN 34-33]
 
  06:04 Dieng Jump Shot: Missed 
Barton Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:01  
Barton Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (2 TO)  05:55  
  05:55 Team Timeout : Regular 
Papanikolaou Substitution replaced by Harris  05:55  
  05:55 Dieng Substitution replaced by Garnett 
  05:55 Muhammad Substitution replaced by Prince 
  05:55 Martin Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
  05:55 LaVine Substitution replaced by Rubio 
Foye Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (Z Zarba)  05:42  
  05:42
[MIN 34-34]
Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  05:42
[MIN 35-34]
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Jokic Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Prince (1 ST)  05:24  
  05:03 Prince Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Jokic Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  05:02  
Foye Jump Shot: Missed  04:46  
Arthur Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  04:42  
Harris 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Jokic (3 AST)  04:32
[DEN 37-35]
 
  04:17
[MIN 37-37]
Wiggins Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Towns (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  04:09  
Arthur Substitution replaced by Faried  04:09  
Barton Substitution replaced by Gallinari  04:09  
Foye Substitution replaced by Nelson  04:09  
Jokic Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Garnett (1 ST)  03:56  
Gallinari Violation:Kicked Ball (Z Zarba)  03:50  
  03:40
[MIN 39-37]
Wiggins Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Garnett (3 AST) 
Gallinari Jump Shot: Missed  03:17  
  03:16 Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:10
[MIN 41-37]
Towns Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rubio (4 AST) 
Team Timeout : Short  03:08  
  03:04 Towns Foul: Personal (2 PF) (G Zielinski) 
  03:04 Towns Substitution replaced by Pekovic 
Jokic Jump Shot: Missed  02:46  
Team Rebound  02:46  
  02:46 Rubio Foul: Loose Ball (2 PF) (Z Zarba) 
  02:36 Prince Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) (Z Zarba) 
Gallinari Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  02:36
[DEN 38-41]
 
Gallinari Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  02:36
[DEN 39-41]
 
Faried Foul: Personal (1 PF) (G Petraitis)  02:18  
  02:02 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Gallinari Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  02:01  
Jokic 3pt Shot: Missed  01:50  
  01:49 Prince Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Jokic Foul: Personal (1 PF) (G Petraitis)  01:43  
Harris Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) (Z Zarba)  01:40  
  01:40 Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:40 Team Rebound 
  01:40
[MIN 42-39]
Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Nelson 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Gallinari (2 AST)  01:22
[DEN 42-42]
 
  01:03 Pekovic Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Faried (1 ST) 
Faried Alley Oop Layup shot: Missed  00:58.9  
  00:57.6 Pekovic Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:46.9 Wiggins Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Faried (2 ST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:46.2  
Gallinari Step Back Jump shot: Missed  00:26.9  
  00:25.3 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:05.5
[MIN 44-42]
Pekovic Hook Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Garnett (4 AST) 
Nelson Jump Shot: Missed  00:00.7  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 2nd Quarter
Denver Nuggets (13-23) Minnesota Timberwolves (12-24)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Nelson 3pt Shot: Missed  11:35  
  11:34 Towns Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  11:18 Rubio 3pt Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  11:17  
Jokic Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS)  10:55
[DEN 44-44]
 
  10:39 Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed 
  10:38 Towns Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  10:37
[MIN 46-44]
Towns Putback Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Faried Reverse Layup Shot: Missed  10:23  
  10:22 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  10:10
[MIN 48-44]
Towns Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Gallinari Layup Shot: Missed  10:00  
  09:58 Towns Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  09:48
[MIN 50-44]
Prince Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Wiggins (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:47  
Gallinari Driving Layup Shot: Missed  09:36  
  09:34 Prince Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:28 Wiggins Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO) 
Nelson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Rubio (1 ST)  09:13  
  08:57 Wiggins Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Gallinari Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  08:56  
Gallinari Driving Layup Shot: Missed  08:41  
  08:39 Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:25 Towns Jump Shot: Missed 
Gallinari Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  08:24  
Harris Jump Shot: Missed Block: Garnett (1 BLK)  08:01  
Team Rebound  08:01  
Nelson 3pt Shot: Missed  07:59  
  07:57 Towns Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  07:44 Garnett Turnover : Out of Bounds - Bad Pass Turnover (1 TO) 
Jokic Jump Shot: Missed Block: Towns (2 BLK)  07:23  
Team Rebound  07:21  
Harris 3pt Shot: Missed  07:18  
  07:17 Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  07:06
[MIN 52-44]
Prince Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rubio (5 AST) 
Gallinari Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS)  06:40
[DEN 46-52]
 
Faried Foul: Personal (2 PF) (G Zielinski)  06:31  
  06:31 Double Technical - Garnett, Faried (Z Zarba) 
  06:31 Garnett Substitution replaced by Dieng 
  06:22 Rubio Jump Shot: Missed 
Faried Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  06:21  
Faried Layup Shot: Missed  06:07  
Faried Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  06:06  
Faried Tip Layup Shot: Missed  06:06  
Faried Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  06:05  
Faried Tip Layup Shot: Missed  06:05  
  06:04 Wiggins Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:52
[MIN 54-46]
Prince Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rubio (6 AST) 
Nelson Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Dieng (1 ST)  05:41  
  05:36
[MIN 56-46]
Wiggins Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Prince (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  05:36  
Faried Substitution replaced by Arthur  05:36  
Jokic Substitution replaced by Nurkic  05:36  
Harris Substitution replaced by Barton  05:36  
Nelson Substitution replaced by Foye  05:36  
Arthur 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Gallinari (3 AST)  05:21
[DEN 49-56]
 
  05:02 Wiggins 3pt Shot: Missed 
Nurkic Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  05:00  
Nurkic Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Foye (3 AST)  04:47
[DEN 51-56]
 
  04:24 Towns Substitution replaced by Pekovic 
  04:20 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Nurkic Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Gallinari (4 AST)  04:03
[DEN 53-56]
 
  03:33 Rubio Layup Shot: Missed 
Arthur Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  03:32  
Foye Running Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  03:26
[DEN 55-56]
 
  03:26 Team Timeout : Regular 
  03:26 Rubio Substitution replaced by LaVine 
  03:26 Wiggins Substitution replaced by Martin 
  03:05
[MIN 58-55]
Martin Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Gallinari Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS)  02:49
[DEN 57-58]
 
  02:49 Pekovic Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (Z Zarba) 
Gallinari Free Throw 1 of 1 (13 PTS)  02:49
[DEN 58-58]
 
  02:37 Martin Floating Jump shot: Missed 
  02:35 Dieng Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
Arthur Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (Z Zarba)  02:21  
  02:21
[MIN 59-58]
Pekovic Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  02:21 Prince Substitution replaced by Muhammad 
  02:21
[MIN 60-58]
Pekovic Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Gallinari 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Nurkic (1 AST)  02:05
[DEN 61-60]
 
  01:43
[MIN 62-61]
Muhammad Dunk Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: LaVine (4 AST) 
Barton Reverse Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Arthur (2 AST)  01:26
[DEN 63-62]
 
  01:10 Dieng Jump Shot: Missed Block: Nurkic (2 BLK) 
Barton Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  01:08  
Gallinari Driving Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Nurkic (2 AST)  00:57.9
[DEN 65-62]
 
  00:41.4
[MIN 65-65]
Martin 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Dieng (2 AST) 
  00:26.8 Dieng Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (Z Zarba) 
Nurkic Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:26.8  
Team Rebound  00:26.8  
Gallinari Substitution replaced by Papanikolaou  00:26.8  
Nurkic Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  00:26.8
[DEN 66-65]
 
Foye Foul: Personal Take (2 PF) (G Petraitis)  00:10.6  
  00:01.3 LaVine Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 3rd Quarter
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Barton Foul: Personal (2 PF) (Z Zarba)  11:49  
  11:43
[MIN 67-66]
Muhammad Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Martin (1 AST) 
Arthur 3pt Shot: Missed  11:27  
  11:26 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:17 Muhammad 3pt Shot: Missed 
Papanikolaou Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  11:16  
Papanikolaou Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:LaVine (1 ST)  11:14  
  11:01 Dieng Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
Nurkic Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  11:00  
Nurkic Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  10:49
[DEN 68-67]
 
  10:31 LaVine 3pt Shot: Missed 
Foye Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  10:30  
Arthur Jump Shot: Missed Block: Dieng (1 BLK)  10:12  
Team Rebound  10:11  
Foye Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Arthur (3 AST)  10:08
[DEN 70-67]
 
Nurkic Foul: Personal (1 PF) (Z Zarba)  09:48  
Nurkic Foul: Shooting Block (2 PF) (2 FTA) (G Petraitis)  09:43  
  09:43
[MIN 68-70]
Pekovic Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  09:43
[MIN 69-70]
Pekovic Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  09:31 Pekovic Foul: Personal (3 PF) (Z Zarba) 
  09:29 LaVine Foul: Personal (2 PF) (G Zielinski) 
Barton Turnover : Traveling (3 TO)  09:24  
  09:11 Muhammad Jump Shot: Missed Block: Nurkic (3 BLK) 
Nurkic Rebound (Off:3 Def:4)  09:10  
Papanikolaou 3pt Shot: Missed  09:03  
Barton Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  09:02  
Papanikolaou Jump Shot: Missed  08:55  
  08:53 Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:46 Martin Jump Shot: Missed Block: Nurkic (4 BLK) 
  08:46 Team Rebound 
  08:46  
  08:41 Martin Jump Shot: Missed 
Nurkic Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  08:40  
Nurkic Jump Shot: Missed  08:18  
  08:17 Team Rebound 
Arthur Foul: Loose Ball (3 PF) (G Petraitis)  08:17  
  08:06 LaVine Jump Shot: Missed 
Nurkic Rebound (Off:3 Def:6)  08:03  
  08:00 Martin Foul: Personal Block (1 PF) (G Zielinski) 
  08:00 Pekovic Substitution replaced by Towns 
  08:00 Martin Substitution replaced by Wiggins 
Papanikolaou Substitution replaced by Gallinari  08:00  
Nurkic Turnaround Bank shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Arthur (4 AST)  07:51
[DEN 72-69]
 
  07:35 LaVine Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
  07:35 Muhammad Substitution replaced by Prince 
Nurkic Hook Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Arthur (5 AST)  07:20
[DEN 74-69]
 
Nurkic Foul: Shooting Block (3 PF) (2 FTA) (Z Zarba)  06:59  
  06:59 Wiggins Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  06:59 Team Rebound 
  06:59 LaVine Substitution replaced by Rubio 
  06:59 Wiggins Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  06:57 Team Rebound 
Nurkic Foul: Shooting (4 PF) (2 FTA) (G Petraitis)  06:51  
  06:51
[MIN 70-74]
Towns Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  06:51
[MIN 71-74]
Towns Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Barton 3pt Shot: Missed  06:36  
  06:35 Towns Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
  06:17 Team Timeout : Regular 
  06:13 Rubio 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Nurkic (5 BLK) 
Barton Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  06:11  
Foye Jump Shot: Missed  05:55  
Foye Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  05:54  
  05:38 Prince Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (G Zielinski) 
Gallinari Free Throw 1 of 2 (19 PTS)  05:38
[DEN 75-71]
 
Gallinari Free Throw 2 of 2 (20 PTS)  05:38
[DEN 76-71]
 
  05:19 Towns Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:18 Towns Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 
  04:55 Dieng Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:53 Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:7) 
  04:36
[MIN 73-76]
Towns Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Rubio (7 AST) 
Barton Jump Shot: Missed  04:09  
  04:08 Dieng Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
Barton Foul: Personal (3 PF) (2 FTA) (G Zielinski)  04:06  
  04:06
[MIN 74-76]
Rubio Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  04:06 Dieng Substitution replaced by Garnett 
  04:06 Rubio Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Nurkic Rebound (Off:3 Def:7)  04:06  
Nurkic Layup Shot: Missed  03:43  
  03:42 Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:8) 
  03:39 Garnett Foul: Offensive (3 PF) (Z Zarba) 
  03:39 Garnett Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Gallinari Jump Shot: Missed  03:15  
  03:14 Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:9) 
  02:57 Towns 3pt Shot: Missed 
Barton Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  02:56  
Nurkic Foul: Offensive (5 PF) (G Zielinski)  02:40  
Nurkic Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  02:40  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:40  
Barton Substitution replaced by Harris  02:40  
Nurkic Substitution replaced by Jokic  02:40  
  02:31 Wiggins Layup Shot: Missed Block: Arthur (1 BLK) 
Gallinari Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  02:30  
Arthur Jump Shot: Missed  02:14  
Jokic Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  02:13  
Arthur 3pt Shot: Missed  01:55  
  01:53 Rubio Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  01:38 Prince Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:37 Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  01:27 Garnett Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Gallinari Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  01:26  
Gallinari Step Back Jump shot: Missed  01:03  
  01:02 Towns Rebound (Off:3 Def:10) 
  00:54.6 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:46.9 Wiggins Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Arthur (1 ST) 
  00:45.0 Jump Ball Towns vs Jokic 
Foye 3pt Shot: Missed  00:21.9  
  00:20.4 Prince Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:15.3 Team Timeout : Regular 
  00:15.3 Garnett Substitution replaced by Martin 
Jokic Substitution replaced by Barton  00:15.3  
  00:12.9 Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:11.9 Wiggins Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  00:10.9 Wiggins Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:09.9 Towns Rebound (Off:4 Def:10) 
  00:08.9 Towns Layup Shot: Missed Block: Arthur (2 BLK) 
Team Rebound  00:07.1  
Team Timeout : Short  00:07.1  
Arthur Substitution replaced by Nelson  00:07.1  
Harris Substitution replaced by Miller  00:07.1  
  00:05.6 Martin Foul: Personal Take (2 PF) (2 FTA) (G Zielinski) 
Barton Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  00:05.6
[DEN 77-74]
 
  00:05.6 Rubio Substitution replaced by Dieng 
Miller Substitution replaced by Arthur  00:05.6  
Barton Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  00:05.6
[DEN 78-74]
 
  00:05.6 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:05.6 Dieng Substitution replaced by Rubio 
Nelson Substitution replaced by Harris  00:05.6  
  00:01.1 Towns Jump Shot: Missed 
Arthur Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  00:00.5  
End of 4th Quarter
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4th Northwest
33
49
3-7
18-23
15-26
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5th Northwest
29
53
5-5
14-27
15-26
 
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