NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Denver
(Wednesday, December 10th)
Final Score: Denver 116, Minnesota 105
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carmelo Anthony tied an NBA record for most points in a quarter by netting 33 of his game-high 45 in the third, as the Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 116-105.
Anthony equaled the mark set by George Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs in the second quarter versus New Orleans on April 9, 1978. Anthony, who finished the game 16-of-29 from the field, also eclipsed the team record of 32 points set by David Thompson on that same day as Gervin's mark. Anthony also had 11 rebounds and shot 4-of-8 from three-point range.
"It was just a complete game tonight," said Anthony. "I just felt good, I can't explain it. I knew once my three-ball started going in, I'd be in good shape."
Chauncey Billups totaled 24 points and Anthony Carter scored 11 for the Nuggets, who won for the fifth time in six games overall and beat Minnesota for the eighth consecutive meeting.
Al Jefferson had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were playing their second game under interim coach Kevin McHale. Randy Foye also scored 26 for Minnesota, which lost its seventh straight contest. Kevin Love had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
McHale, the team's longtime vice president of basketball operations replaced the fired Randy Wittman on Monday, but two nights later the Timberwolves continued their losing ways.
"Our effort was good tonight, but we've got to try to keep getting better," said McHale. "We've got a bad habit. We miss a shot, slap our hands and don't get back on defense."
Denver trailed 56-44 at the half, but Anthony then exploded in the third, accounting for all but seven of his team's points in the quarter, and the Nuggets carried a 84-78 edge going to the fourth.
Billups began the third with a three-pointer and Anthony followed with a jam. After a pair of free throws from Dahntay Jones pulled the Nuggets within 56-51, Anthony accounted for the next 26 Denver points. His three-pointer tied the game at 60, and another from beyond the arc had the hosts ahead 66-62 with under five minutes left in the third.
The Anthony binge continued until the final moments of the period when he drove in for a layup, sending the Nuggets to the six-point edge going to the fourth. Anthony was 12-of-15 from the field in the third.
Jefferson's bucket had the Timberwolves within 94-92 midway through the final quarter, but J.R. Smith responded with a three-point play, Chris Andersen had a tip-in and Anthony's layup capped the burst for a 101-92 difference.
Minnesota didn't get closer than five in the final few minutes.
Minnesota held a 30-22 lead after one quarter, and was ahead by a 44-29 count following two free throws from Love at the midway point of the second.
Minnesota has lost nine of its last 11 at Denver...Ryan Gomes and Craig Smith each had 13 points, while Rashad McCants scored 10 for Minnesota...The Timberwolves shot 27-for-43 from the free throw line in Tuesday's 99-96 loss to Utah, only to rebound and make 23-of-24 foul shots in Wednesday's contest.
12/11 00:37:00 ET