Nuggets, Timberwolves clash at Target Center
(Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets attempt to avoid losing back-to-back
games since the start of the season tonight in Minneapolis, where they take on
the Minnesota Timberwolves in a matchup between Northwest Division teams.
Denver had won five in a row before stumbling at home to the Memphis on
Tuesday. Hakim Warrick netted a team-high 25 points and Chucky Atkins added 22
as the Grizzlies came through with a 108-96 victory at the Pepsi Center.
Carmelo Anthony contributed a season-high 37 points along with nine rebounds
and seven assists for the Nuggets, who were looking to win six straight games
for the first time since reeling off seven consecutive wins from January 14-25
of last season.
Anthony is averaging a career-best 31.5 points per game so far this season,
which trails only Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson for tops among NBA players.
Marcus Camby had a double-double, donating 14 points and 10 rebounds in a
losing effort. Yakhouba Diawara and Eduardo Najera each finished with 13
points for Denver.
The Nuggets haven’t lost consecutive contests since dropping three in a row to
begin this season. Denver has won eight of 10 following that slide and are 4-2
on the road.
One of those early defeats came at the hands of the Timberwolves, who posted a
112-109 victory at the Pepsi Center on November 3.
Minnesota returns home after losing a pair of road outings to Dallas and
Houston. On Tuesday, Shane Battier scored 17 points and hit a pair of
momentum-changing three-pointers in the fourth quarter to lift the Rockets to
an 82-75 decision.
Kevin Garnett scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which
trailed by 11 early in the fourth quarter before embarking on a 17-6 run to
draw even. Randy Foye was the only other T-Wolve in double figures, as the
rookie recorded 11 points.
Minnesota has won four of six at the Target Center in the early going.
On the injury front, Nuggets forward Nene could return to his team’s lineup
tonight. The native Brazilian has sat out Denver’s last nine games with a
right knee contusion.
Denver took three of the four meetings between the clubs last season and has
emerged victorious in two of its last three trips to Minneapolis.