NBA Game Summary - Denver at Minnesota
(Wednesday, March 10th)
Final Score: Denver 110, Minnesota 102
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Chauncey Billups delivered 25 points to lead Denver in a 110-102 final over Minnesota at the Target Center.
Carmelo Anthony recorded 19 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Nuggets, who won their fourth straight game to kick off a four-game road trip.
Nene came up with 17 points and nine boards, J.R. Smith added 15 points and Chris Andersen stepped up with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Corey Brewer paced a down-and-out Timberwolves squad with 21 points. Al Jefferson posted 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Love added 15 and 11.
Minnesota is riding a seven-game losing streak overall and has lost seven straight at home as well.
The T'Wolves held a 23-20 edge at the close of the first quarter, remained in front at the break, 53-48, and increased their lead to eight on a pair of free throws by Wayne Ellington four minutes into the third.
Denver chipped away at the deficit with Smith launching a trio of three- pointers over a two-minute stretch -- the last bringing the visitors within 67-66 with 4:24 remaining.
"Those three (three-pointers) gave them the momentum. A team like that, you have to put them away. They're a great team," said Minnesota guard Ramon Sessions.
Andersen scored on consecutive Denver possessions moments later to grab the lead, and a nine-point surge to end the frame gave the Nuggets a 79-72 advantage.
Denver scored the first six points of the fourth for a 15-0 stretch and a three-point play by Andersen three minutes in had the hosts suddenly up by 16.
"The intensity changed for us. We started playing harder, faster (in the second half). I was frustrated with the first half we played," said Billups.
A Brewer three at the midway point cut the gap below double digits, but just as quickly Denver was ahead 103-91 after Smith capped a brief six-point stretch with an alley-oop slam.
Minnesota could only cut it to eight down the stretch and a Billups three with 1:13 to go brought the lead back to 11.
The Nuggets were without head coach George Karl, who remained in Denver to undergo treatment for neck and throat cancer. He hopes to be back on the bench when the Nuggets visit the Hornets on Friday. Denver was also without leading rebounder Kenyon Martin due to a bout with tendinitis in his left knee and rookie point guard Ty Lawson (bruised left shoulder). Assistant coach Adrian Dantley took over Karl's coaching duties...Jonny Flynn had 11 points for Minnesota.
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