NBA Game Summary - Denver at Minnesota
(Wednesday, February 9th)
Final Score: Minnesota 98, Denver 92
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Kevin Garnett poured in 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Minnesota past Denver, 98-92 at the Target Center.
Wally Szczerbiak netted 19, while Fred Hoiberg and Eddie Griffin chipped in 10 points apiece off the bench for the Timberwolves, who snapped a season-high six-game losing streak. Anthony Carter finished with nine points and eight assists in the win.
"We don't get our heads down," Minnesota's Troy Hudson said. "If we continue to play hard we can get a win even when things aren't going right."
Carmelo Anthony led the way for Denver with 21 points and Kenyon Martin tallied 16 and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who lost for just the second time under head coach George Karl and fell to 4-2 in their last six contests. Earl Boykins contributed 19 points off the bench and Andre Miller ended with 10 points and 12 assists in the losing effort.
Trailing by one, Denver opened the fourth on a 7-1 spurt capped by a Boykins jumper to surge ahead, 75-70.
The Nuggets' lead grew to seven midway through the quarter, following a Miller jumper, to make it 82-75.
The Timberwolves answered with seven straight points to tie it at 82-82. Szczerbiak highlighted the comeback when he converted a three-point play.
The teams continued to trade buckets towards the end of the fourth with Denver claiming an 88-87 lead after an Anthony bucket.
Griffin put the T'Wolves up by four, 92-88, when he finished off a three-point play with just over a minute left.
On the Nuggets' next possession, Boykins sank a pair of free throws as Denver trailed by two, but Garnett answered on the other end burying a jumper to go back on top by four with 41.9 seconds left. Boykins again cut the Nugget deficit to a deuce after a quick layup.
Garnett, though, sealed the win for the T'Wolves with a pair from the charity stripe.
"Earl (Boykins) doubles a lot of players," Karl said. "He is fun for me to observe and for most of my career I have not been a little guard guy. He has showed he can play and be effective."
Minnesota took advantage of poor Denver shooting in the first quarter as it grabbed a 21-14 lead after the opening 12 minutes. The Nuggets shot just 26 percent from the floor.
The Timberwolves opened the second on a 14-4 surge, capped by a Hoiberg jumper, as Minnesota's lead increased to 17.
Denver, however, outscored Minnesota 23-10 the rest of the half and trailed by four at the break, 45-41. The two teams traded buckets for most of the third quarter with Minnesota claiming a 69-68 advantage heading into the final stanza.
Minnesota's Sam Cassell sat out the game with a sore right hamstring...The T'Wolves improved to 2-1 against the Nuggets this season...Denver went 37- of-78 from the field (47 percent) and just 3-of-11 from beyond the arc...Minnesota shot 49 percent from the floor and went 19-of-23 from the free throw line.
02/09 23:18:52 ET