Denver 130, Minnesota 106

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, April 9, 2011 9:00 PM
Location - Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Officials - #75 Eric Dalen, #9 Derrick Stafford, #59 Gary Zielinski
Attendance - 19155

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Minnesota 23 28 18 37 106
Denver 25 40 36 29 130

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 17-63 12-28 5-35 L13
Denver 49-31 32-8 17-23 W1

Recap


Ty Lawson had the best game of his career and nearly made his way into the history books by going 10 of 11 from 3-point range while collecting 37 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the Denver Nuggets’ 130-106 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

Lawson exploded in the third quarter as the Nuggets put it away, scoring 24 points and going 7 of 8 from 3-point range in the frame. The 23-year old established his previous career high of 28 last Tuesday and came in averaging 11.4 points. He finished 11 of 16 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line in 29 minutes.

J.R. Smith added 18 points on six 3-pointers and Raymond Felton collected 11 points and 14 assists as eight players reached double figures for Denver (49-31).

Lawson’s 10 3s were one off the franchise record set by Smith on April 13, 2009. He nearly bested the NBA mark for most 3-pointers made in a game without a miss of nine, held by Latrell Sprewell and Ben Gordon.

The Timberwolves actually led, 35-28, early in the second quarter before the Nuggets closed the half on a 37-16 burst to take a 65-51 lead at the break. Minnesota (17-63) is tied with Cleveland for the NBA's worst record.

Lawson drained three 3-pointers in the final 3:39 of the second and stayed hot in the third, making seven more in a row before his lone miss on a 28-foot heave as time ran out in the period. Denver led 101-69 after the third and Lawson watched the fourth from the bench.

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   Denver
Lazar Hayward 15 Scoring Ty Lawson 37
Jonny Flynn 9 Assists Raymond Felton 14
Anthony Tolliver 7 Rebounds Kenyon Martin 8
Wayne Ellington 4 Free Throws Made Gary Forbes 6
Luke Ridnour 2 Steals Nene 4
Wesley Johnson 2 Blocks Nene 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Minnesota 106 45.9 11-32 17-20 22 38 6 5 15
Denver 130 52.3 19-38 19-34 35 49 1 8 13

Upcoming Games

  • Denver will play their next game at home against Golden State. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .562 after a win and .688 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Phoenix . The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .235 after a win and .206 after a loss.
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