NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Denver
(Monday, April 16th)
Final Score: Denver 122, Minnesota 107
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson scored 25 points, as the playoff- bound Denver Nuggets got back on the winning track with a 122-107 victory over the disappointing Minnesota Timberwolves at the Pepsi Center.
Denver is the sixth seed in the Western Conference and will face the third- seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.
"We just wanted to play well in front of the crowd and give them something to look forward to in the playoffs," Iverson said. "It's been a great ride so far, what better way to end it than by winning a championship."
Linas Kleiza posted 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won nine of their last 10 games. Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points, and Nene added 18 points and 10 boards.
"It's a good win," Denver coach George Karl. "It was entertaining, and the fans deserved it for their support this season."
Randy Foye had 19 points and nine rebounds for Minnesota, which is on a six- game losing streak. Justin Reed also scored 19 points and Mark Blount added 18. Craig Smith notched 16 points and nine boards, while Bracey Wright scored 13 points.
Holding just a one-point lead, the Nuggets blew the game open in the third. They closed the stanza on a 16-4 burst sparked by a pair of Iverson free throws just past the midway point, and led 92-77 heading into the fourth.
Denver opened the fourth on a 7-0 spurt, as Kleiza's jumper put the Nuggets ahead 99-77, and they cruised to the easy win down the stretch.
Minnesota scored six straight points in the final two first-quarter minutes for a 30-26 lead heading into the second.
Denver closed the second on an 11-4 run, as Anthony's pair of free throws in the final seconds edged a 60-59 Nuggets halftime advantage.
These teams split four games this season...The Timberwolves have lost five of their last seven contests at Denver.
04/17 00:10:53 ET