132, Nuggets 128
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[March 04, 2014]
Timberwolves 132, Nuggets 128: Kevin
Love had 33 points and 19 rebounds as Minnesota held on for the victory
to tie a franchise record with its fourth win on the five-game road
Kevin Martin added 22 points, sinking six free throws in the
final 16 seconds, for the Timberwolves, who climbed above .500 for
the first time since Jan. 29. Corey Brewer, Nikola Pekovic and J.J.
Barea added 16 points apiece for Minnesota.
Ty Lawson finished with a season-high 31 points, 11 assists and four
steals for Denver in his first game back after missing the last nine
with a fractured rib. Wilson Chandler added 25 points and 10
rebounds, Randy Foye scored 22 points and Kenneth Faried finished
with 21 for the Nuggets, who have lost six straight and 11 of 12.
Even with Lawson back in the starting lineup, the Nuggets faced an
uphill climb right from the start, as starting center Timofey Mozgov
collected two fouls in the first 94 seconds and the Timberwolves
sprinted to a 40-25 lead after the opening quarter. Foye kept
Minnesota from running away with an early victory by scoring 10
points in the second quarter, keeping the Nuggets within 17 at the
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Five quick points by Pekovic to start the third quarter and a
3-pointer by Love gave the Timberwolves their biggest lead at 74-51
and Minnesota eventually took a 15-point advantage into the fourth.
The Timberwolves left the door open by missing five free throws in
the final 1:23 while the Nuggets sank four 3s in the final 23
seconds, trimming the deficit to single digits before Martin finally
closed them out at the line to finish the road trip with a 4-1 mark.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Barea shot 25-for-37 in the four games against Denver
this season. … Denver’s bench combined to outscore Minnesota’s by 27
points in the first three meetings, but was outscored 40-25 in the
series finale. … The Timberwolves shot 64 free throws — making 52 — compared to 25 for Denver while Love's double-double was his 50th
of the season.
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