Anthony Edwards scored 20 factors, D’Angelo Russell added 18 factors and 10 assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves led the short-handed Denver Nuggets wire-to-wire in a 128-98 rout Sunday in Minneapolis.
The Timberwolves capitalized on the Western Convention-leading Nuggets coming into Sunday’s contest — the second half of a weekend back-to-back for Denver — with Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon sitting out by constructing an 11-point lead by means of the primary quarter.
That benefit shortly swelled because of a 13-3 Minnesota run to open the second quarter, and the host Timberwolves by no means seemed again en path to their fourth win within the sixth and closing sport of their homestand.
Minnesota’s house stretch included wins in opposition to the primary, second and third-place groups within the West, including Sunday’s victory over Denver to earlier defeats of Memphis and Sacramento.
ended the house stand with a W.
Ant – 20 PTS / 4 REB / 3 AST / 1 STL
DLo – 18 PTS / 1 REB / 10 AST / 1 STL
Rudy – 16 PTS / 8 REB / 1 AST / 1 BLK
Jaylen – 16 PTS / 4 REB / 4 AST
Jaden – 14 PTS / 4 REB / 6 AST / 1 STL
Matt – 10 PTS / 1 AST pic.twitter.com/zkUPN6rafc
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 6, 2023
13 Timberwolves scored in opposition to the Nuggets, together with Jordan McLaughlin with two factors in his first look since Dec. 9. Jaylen Nowell scored 16 factors to steer the Minnesota reserves, Matt Ryan added 10, Taruean Prince notched 9 and Nathan Knight chipped in eight.
4 of Minnesota’s 5 starters scored in double figures, with Jaden McDaniels and Rudy Gobert becoming a member of Edwards and Russell with 14 and 16 factors, respectively. The Timberwolves shot 48 of 87 from the ground (55.2 %) in comparison with simply 34 of 71 (47.9 %) for the Nuggets.
Denver additionally dedicated 21 turnovers, which Minnesota changed into 32 factors. The Timberwolves loved a 72-42 benefit in factors within the paint and scored on 33 assists in comparison with solely 19 for the Nuggets.
Michael Porter Jr. led all Nuggets scorers with 22 factors, whereas Christian Braun added 19. Bruce Brown scored 16 and each Ish Smith and Zeke Nnaji scored 10 off the bench.
The groups meet once more on Tuesday in Denver.
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