Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Friday, November 3rd
Timberwolves112Final
Nuggets109
Game 2: Friday, December 1st
Nuggets106Final
Timberwolves92
Game 3: Wednesday, February 14th
Nuggets94Final
Timberwolves99
Game 4: Monday, April 16th
Timberwolves107Final
Nuggets122

Nuggets 106

(9-5, 5-2 away)

Timberwolves 92

(6-9, 4-3 home)

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    7:00 PM ET, December 1, 2006

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 28 28 33 17106
    MIN 25 20 22 2592

    Top Performers

    Denver: C. Anthony 35 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 21 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Blk

    Anthony's 35 helps hot Nuggets post win over Wolves

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony took care of the scoring, while Eduardo Najera and Reggie Evans covered everything else for Denver on Friday night.

    Anthony had 35 points, Najera and Evans outworked Minnesota's post players for 27 rebounds -- 16 on the offensive end -- and the Nuggets beat the Timberwolves 106-92.

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    Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points in the Nuggets' win in Minneapolis on Friday night. It's the sixth straight road game in which he has scored at least 30 points, the longest streak for any Denver player since the franchise joined the NBA. Alex English scored 30 or more points in five consecutive road games for the Nuggets, two different times.

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    "Those are commitment things, those are heart things, those are gut things," coach George Karl said. "Our confidence came from the energy they gave us and the extra effort they gave us."

    Najera had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and all five starters scored in double figures for the Nuggets, who have won nine of the last 11 games after starting the season 0-3. Denver outrebounded Minnesota 52-40, led by Evans' 16 boards.

    The all-around effort followed two days of practice that, according to a few Denver players, were very intense and focused on defense.

    "He was at us, real aggressive and real tough," Evans said of Karl. "He was on our necks and it showed today."

    Added Anthony: "We went hard for the last couple of days and I think it paid off for us."

    Anthony scored at least 30 points for the 11th time in the last 12 games.

    "You are seeing one of the best offensive players I have ever coached," Karl said. "The game is so easy for him in so many different places."

    Kevin Garnett had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Ricky Davis also had 21 points for Minnesota, which has lost three straight. Minnesota shot just 44 percent from the field, falling to 0-6 when shooting under 45 percent.

    "We didn't bring it," coach Dwane Casey said. "We had two days of spirited practice and we didn't have it in the game tonight."

    Anthony scored 11 points in the third quarter when the Nuggets pulled away, doubling their halftime lead from 56-45 to 89-67. Anthony scored from the inside and the outside, attacking the rim and Garnett on one play for a basket and then hitting a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Denver the 22-point lead.

    Minnesota missed 14 of 23 shots in the quarter. The Wolves did not get closer than 13 the rest of the way.

    "It isn't about what you do in practice, it is about what you do in games," Wolves guard Mike James said. "We came out like they always say: flat."

    Andre Miller added nine rebounds to go with 17 points.

    The Nuggets opened up a double-digit lead in the second, highlighted by one of the most unlikely baskets of the season. With 6:20 left in the quarter, J.R. Smith raced to the baseline to save a loose ball and instead of trying to put the ball in play, he shot it while jumping out of bounds, swishing the 3-pointer to put Denver up 43-31.

    "I thought he (the referee) was going to call a foul so I just threw it up," Smith said.

    Denver led the entire opening quarter and was up 28-20 with 1:47 left before the Wolves closed the first with five straight points, including Marko Jaric's bank shot from halfcourt at the buzzer.

    Game Notes
    When asked if he was overlooked for player of the month honors that went to Yao Ming, Anthony replied, "I might've." ... Denver improved to 9-2 when scoring at least 100 points. The Nuggets have yet to score less than 96. ... Garnett reached double figures for the 337th consecutive game, the ninth-longest streak in history. He's one game away from tying his own record (338), set between October 1997 and February 2002. ... Joe Smith missed the game with a sprained right ankle and is day-to-day.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DEN
    MIN
    Points 106 92
    FGM-FGA 43-95 (.453) 38-86 (.442)
    3PM-3PA 6-17 (.353) 5-13 (.385)
    FTM-FTA 14-16 (.875) 11-12 (.917)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 20-52 11-40
    Assists 24 22
    Turnovers 14 18
    Steals 8 9
    Blocks 4 9
    Fast Break Points 14 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 22 2

    Top Performers

    Denver
    Minnesota
    Carmelo Anthony Anthony
    Points: 35
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 21
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2