Denver 105, Minnesota 108

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials - #34 Kevin Cutler, #8 Marc Davis, #65 Sean Wright
Attendance - 16444

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Denver 29 21 20 35 105
Minnesota 21 30 26 31 108

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Denver 11-12 5-1 6-11 L1
Minnesota 10-9 6-3 4-6 W2

Recap


Timberwolves 108, Nuggets 105: Nikola Pekovic scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as host Minnesota registered a rare victory over Denver.

Andrei Kirilenko added 18 points and J.J. Barea scored 11 of his 17 in the fourth quarter as the Timberwolves beat the Nuggets for only the third third in 23 meetings - and second in their last 12 matchups in Minnesota.

Luke Ridnour added 15 points and Minnesota survived a dismal 3-for-17 shooting performance from leading scorer Kevin Love, who had just eight points but compensated by pulling down a team-high 14 rebounds.

Kenneth Faried had 26 points and 14 boards and Danilo Gallinari scored 24 for Denver in the finale of a five-game road trip. Ty Lawson added 17 points and 11 assists.

The Timberwolves used an 10-0 spurt bridging the third and fourth quarters to build the lead into double digits and were ahead by 11 on Ridnour's 3-pointer with 2:03 to play. Corey Brewer responded with a 10-point spree in span of 1:47 to cut the deficit to two with seven seconds to play, but Lawson missed a tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Pekovic was coming off a season-low four-point performance. He was 8-for-8 at the free-throw line and Minnesota converted 30 of 37 as opposed to 14 of 24 by the Nuggets. ... Denver, which has played 17 of its first 23 games on the road, has scored at least 100 points in 17 consecutive matchups with Minnesota. ... Timberwolves F Josh Howard (illness) sat out the game and G Malcolm Lee exited the game in the second quarter with a hyperextended right knee.

Top Game Performances

Denver   Minnesota
Kenneth Faried 26 Scoring Nikola Pekovic 22
Ty Lawson 12 Assists Jose Barea 8
Kenneth Faried 14 Rebounds Kevin Love 14
Kenneth Faried 6 Free Throws Made Nikola Pekovic 8
Kenneth Faried 3 Steals Andrei Kirilenko 4
JaVale McGee 2 Blocks Nikola Pekovic 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Denver 105 50.6 7-16 14-24 24 42 5 8 19
Minnesota 108 43.7 2-14 30-37 25 44 6 11 15

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against New Orleans. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .556 after a loss.
  • Denver will play their next game at home against Memphis. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .545 after a win and .417 after a loss.