NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Denver
(Saturday, January 19th)
Final Score: Denver 111, Minnesota 108
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson scored 35 points, including the go-ahead free throws, to lead the Denver Nuggets past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 111-108, at the Pepsi Center.
Carmelo Anthony poured in 26 points and pulled down 10 boards for the Nuggets, who have won two straight. Marcus Camby scored 12 points and added 13 boards.
Rashad McCants scored 23 points for the T'Wolves, who have dropped five to fall to 5-34.. Al Jefferson and Ryan Gomes had 20 points apiece, with Jefferson also grabbing 16 rebounds, but the Timberwolves lost their 16th straight road game, falling to 1-20 outside of Minneapolis this season.
Marko Jaric contributed 15 points in the loss.
The Nuggets tied it up at 95 on Najera's 1-of-2 free throw showing with 8:31 left in the game.
The lead see-sawed for the next six minutes until Jefferson hit a pair of free throws with 2:28 left to give Minnesota a 105-104 lead.
On the ensuing Denver possession, Anthony was called for the offensive foul and the T'Wolves regained possession. Antoine Walker drained a trey from the top-right corner of the arc to give Minnesota a 108-104 advantage.
Iverson then knocked down a three to make it a one-point game with 1:03 on the clock.
After Walker couldn't connect on either of two foul shots, the Nuggets brought the ball upcourt and Iverson drained a fadeaway shot from about 12 feet away. The basket put his Nuggets back on top 109-108 with 29.7 ticks left.
On the next Minnesota drive, Walker missed a shot from the baseline and the ball rolled out of bounds. Walker was called for a technical after arguing about the possession, but Iverson missed the shot.
"I'm upset at the discrepancies of the calls," T'Wolves head coach Randy Wittman said. "We just dissected the last play and they gave them the ball and I don't know how."
The Nuggets then inbounded the ball and Iverson was immediately fouled. He drained both shots and the Nuggets were ahead 111-108 with 6.4 seconds on the clock.
The T'Wolves had one last shot on the inbounds, though McCants couldn't make his shot fall and the clock ran out as the Nuggets were victorious.
"I feel like a thief, we weren't the better team, but we got the win," Nuggets head coach George Karl said. "I'm glad we don't play them again this year, because the way things are going we would lose to them."
The teams played close early on, with the Nuggets leading 34-31 after the first quarter. The teams found themselves knotted at 60 going into the break.
After exchanging buckets for the first four minutes of the third, a Gomes reverse layup, followed by treys from Jaric and McCants, sparked a 14-4 Minnesota run that left the T'Wolves up 82-74.
However, a Carter tip-in served as the catalyst for an 11-5 Denver run that pulled the team within two, 87-85, with just under two minutes to go in the third stanza.
Both teams managed a couple more baskets and Minnesota led 90-87 heading into the final quarter.
Gomes had 12 of the T'Wolves' 30 third quarter points.
Denver outrebounded Minnesota 43-38...The T'Wolves were 45.5 percent from three-point land, while the Nuggets connected on just 28.6 from behind the arc.
01/20 00:09:14 ET