Before the game, the Minnesota Timberwolves would unveil their new black sleeved jerseys that they will wear ten times this season. It was decided on among the team on what the style would be.
Denver came out of the gates hot as Randy Foye and Ty Lawson hit three pointers, something in which they were not the best at a year ago. It was sloppy early on for Denver, as they turned the ball over three-straight times. Wilson Chandler would put them ahead after another three from Denver. The Nuggets would finish the first on a 10-0 run leading 28-27.
Jordan Hamilton has been a pleasant surprise coming off Denver’s bench averaging 9.0 points per game with 4.1 rebounds. He continued his hot-streak from three knocking one down in the corner. Andre Miller is harped on by some Nuggets fans. but he provides a great basketball I.Q. to this team. He would connect with Kenneth Faried on an alley-oop bringing Denver up 34-27.
Kevin Love would start off the game slow, as he was 3-9 at one point with seven points and three rebounds. Nikola Pekovic would pick up the slack for Minnesota as he dominated the post; he added 15 points and 7 rebounds early on.
Nate Robinson and Ty Lawson would lead the Nuggets to the half. Lawson recorded 13 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist as backup point guard Robinson tallied 13 points, 4-5 from the field, 3-3 from deep. Nuggets led the Wolves 64-55 at the half. Denver would shoot 26-41, 63.4% percent from the field, and 6-8 from deep, 75.0%.
Minnesota would start the third quarter on a 7-0 run as Denver was forced to call a timeout. After a Randy Foye three-pointer, Jordan Hamilton would add one of his own. Nuggets would take a ten point lead, but the Timberwolves played well, just too many turnovers in the quarter. Nuggets would lead 90-83 at the end of three.
Nikola Pekovic would start off the fourth with a bucket, bringing Minnesota within five. Later on, Andre Miller would then get an offensive rebound and put-back, bringing the Nuggets lead to nine. Miller would then find Jordan Hamilton cutting baseline for the dunk. At that point, Andre Miller was one assist away from 8,000 on his career.
The game became interesting as a Kevin Martin dunk and Kevin Love three-pointer brought Minnesota within one point, trailing 103-102. Nuggets would answer with a 6-0 run sparked by four points from J.J. Hickson on two dunks. Lawson would be fouled as he connected on both free-throws bringing the Denver lead to five. And again, Lawson would be fouled as the Wolves trailed by three.
Lawson made it a two-possession game 115-110, by knocking down both free-throws as Minnesota would use their final timeout. Kevin Love would miss a three-point attempt and would walk gingerly down the court as Wilson Chandler was fouled. Chandler would seal the game as he knocked down both free-throws, giving Denver the 117-110 win over Minnesota.
Denver improves to 8-6 on the season, and 3-4 on the road. Ty Lawson added 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists, and each member in the starting lineup scored double-figures in points.
Denver Nuggets will host the New York Knicks and former Nugg Carmelo Anthony at the Pepsi Center Friday night.