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                 === Nuggets carry momentum into Minnesota ===
 
 (Sports  Network)  - The Denver  Nuggets will look  to capitalize on their big
 victory  Monday night in Memphis Wednesday when they head to Minnesota to take
 on the Timberwolves.
 
 Denver  ended  Memphis' eight-game  winning streak and  also closed a 15-game,
 regular-season  home  winning streak for  the Grizzlies. The Nuggets were four
 points  down with 8 1/2 minutes to go, but scored the game's final nine points
 to get the much-needed victory.
 
 "This  is the first game on the road where I think we executed at a high level
 both offensively and defensively," said Nuggets coach George Karl. "We have to
 start  shooting better.  We were celebrating shooting 70 percent from the free
 throw  line today. We've got to get better at making shots and I think we will
 once we win games, and I think confidence comes by winning."
 
 Monday's  win  snapped a three-game slide  for the Nuggets, including two in a
 row on the road.
 
 Danilo  Gallinari  led the way for  the Nuggets with 26 points. Kenneth Faried
 contributed  yet  another double-double,  while Corey  Brewer and JaVale McGee
 both scored double-figures off the bench.
 
 The  Timberwolves are  in the  throes  of a  two-game losing  streak and  have
 battled more injuries than any other team in the NBA.
 
 Already  without  cornerstones Kevin  Love and Ricky  Rubio, Chase Budinger is
 out,  Brandon Roy  shockingly  had knee  surgery, and  Jose  Barea and  Nikola
 Pekovic have all missed recent games.
 
 When  Minnesota lost  at home  to the  Golden State  Warriors on  Friday, they
 dressed  nine healthy  players. Pekovic is expected back for Wednesday night's
 action  and Barea thinks  he'll be in the lineup, but will be evaluated before
 the game.
 
 "We  did do a really light practice today," head coach Rick Adelman said after
 Tuesday's  practice.  "We were trying  to save their  legs, get them ready for
 tomorrow. This team's got a lot of energy."
 
 Derrick  Williams finally showed the promise the T-Wolves saw in him when they
 took  him second  in the  2011  NBA Draft.  He  scored 23  points on  8-for-16
 shooting and rookie Alexey Shved had 22.
 
 The  Timberwolves  are in the bottom-third  in the league in scoring, but rank
 third,  behind only  the  New York  Knicks and  Indiana  Pacers, in  opponents
 scoring.
 
 The  Nuggets  are 20-3 in  their last 23 against  the Timberwolves and 12-3 in
 their last 15 in Minnesota.
 
 11/21 10:57:48 ET

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