Garnett, Timberwolves top Nuggets
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Kevin Garnett scored 27 points and pulled down
15 rebounds as the Timberwolves beat the Nuggets in their home opener,
112-109, at the Pepsi Center.
Craig Smith had 20 points, Ricky Davis 19 and Mike James 18 for the
Timberwolves, who were coming off a season-opening home win over Sacramento on
“The guys came through,” Timberwolves head coach Dwane Casey said. “Guys made
plays. We just need to stay with solid philosophies and principles and things
can go your way.”
Carmelo Anthony, who was ejected from Thursday’s road loss to the Clippers,
ended with 28 points on 13-of-30 shooting. Earl Boykins also had 28 points,
while Andre Miller scored 18 and dished out 12 assists.
“For me, last night we played good defense and bad offense,” Nuggets head
coach George Karl said. “Tonight, we played some bad defense and the offense
Kenyon Martin’s jam with 47.7 seconds remaining cut Denver’s deficit to
110-109, but Mark Blount hit a jumper after picking up a loose ball with 27.8
Anthony missed four shots in the final 14 seconds, including a desperation
three-point heave from well beyond the top of the arc as time expired.
Blount finished with 10 points, as the Timberwolves beat the Nuggets for the
12th time in the last 18 matchups.
Nene scored 13 and Martin ended with 10 points and 10 boards for Denver.
Minnesota led by as many as nine in the opening quarter, at 19-10, but found
itself down 27-26 after 12 minutes.
It was tight throughout much of the second with Denver holding a 57-53 lead at
Denver led by as many as eight in the early moments of the third, as a Martin
layup made it 63-55. However, the Timberwolves scored the next five points,
but the Nuggets regained control to lead 91-84 going into the fourth.
A jumper by Miller boosted the Nuggets to a 98-92 cushion, but Minnesota
scored the next seven, finished by a Troy Hudson jumper for a 99-98 contest
with 6:10 left.
Each team shot over 50 percent from the field…Minnesota had 19
turnovers…The Timberwolves made 25-of-33 foul shots…Martin picked up a
technical foul late in the fourth quarter.