Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 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

Timberwolves 107

(32-49, 12-29 away)

Nuggets 122

(44-37, 23-18 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    7:00 PM ET, April 16, 2007

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 30 29 18 30107
    DEN 26 34 32 30122

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: R. Foye 19 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Denver: L. Kleiza 23 Pts, 10 Reb

    Nuggets win ninth out of 10 games, cruise by Wolves

    Associated Press

    DENVER -- Meaningless? Not to Linas Kleiza it wasn't.

    The second-year pro capped his sensational second NBA season by recording his first career double-double in leading the Denver Nuggets past the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-107 Monday night.

    "I finally got one," said Kleiza, who scored 23 points and tied his career high with 10 rebounds. "I missed out on them in the past."

    Kleiza's big night delighted a spirited section of about 50 Lithuanians who were decked out in green and gold to cheer on their countryman whom Nuggets coach George Karl credited with making the most strides this season.

    "I knew where they were at. It wasn't hard finding them," Kleiza said. "There aren't a lot of people in my home country. They are such great fans. They give great fan support. In my country I'm used to hearing the great fan support. It was definitely a good feeling."

    The cheering section came as a surprise, too.

    "I don't know who got the group together. I don't know who organized the group. I just heard them and knew where they were at," Kleiza said. "I wanted to play good for them."

    Allen Iverson scored 25 points, then sat back and watched the reserves close out the Nuggets' ninth win in 10 games. Carmelo Anthony added 21 in helping the Nuggets pull away with a 19-4 run in the third quarter, a spurt that allowed Denver's starters to take a break as they looked forward to their fourth straight trip to the playoffs.

    Justin Reed scored a career-high 19 points, same as Randy Foye, for the Timberwolves.

    "We were playing our game, keeping it close and then we just ran out of gas," Minnesota forward Bracey Wright said. "The third quarter has hurt us all year."

    Nene added 18 points in the Nuggets' final tuneup for their first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, whom they play in the finale Wednesday night in Texas in what surely will be a matchup of subs.

    This one had the look of a glorified exhibition itself. Both teams were without their big man. Kevin Garnett stayed back in Minneapolis with a sore right thigh, and Marcus Camby, the league's leading shot blocker and favorite for Defensive Player of the Year, sat out with a sore right knee.

    Otherwise, Karl gave his starters monitored minutes to keep them from getting rusty before the playoffs start this weekend. Last year, they lost their last four regular-season games and were quickly bounced from the playoffs by the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Plus, Karl wanted to treat the Timberwolves as though they were the Spurs, practicing some defensive sets on an opponent. "We're basically starting to prepare for San Antonio tonight," Karl said.

    So he had the Nuggets work on defending the pick-and-roll and focus on penetration, things he was pleased with afterward, "but Tony Parker wasn't out there running them, either."

    Karl said he wasn't sure if he got out of this game what he wanted.

    "I don't know how to handle this week other than get ready for San Antonio," he said. "I'm happy that we responded and played a good third quarter. But the energy and focus of the last two games have made me nervous. But I think we're all anxious to play San Antonio, which is a good thing. But five days waiting for them may not be a good thing.

    "It should be a real interesting game in San Antonio on Wednesday night."

    Iverson, Anthony and Camby aren't expecting to play in that one, and they're betting Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Parker won't either.

    This game was tied at 67 before the Nuggets went on their big run to put away the Wolves.

    Despite the spirited play early on, signs abounded that neither team was really much into the game. After a timeout, Nene missed a foul shot and Mark Blount grabbed the board and sprinted upcourt only to realize Nene had another free throw coming.

    Even the scorer's table had troubles as the shot clock didn't start in the final seconds until the T-Wolves had brought the ball past halfcourt.

    Game notes


    Nuggets F Reggie Evans had a career-high three blocks. ... Wolves G Ricky Davis had a season-high 11 assists. ... With a win over the Spurs on Wednesday night, the Nuggets would claim their best April (10-1) since joining the NBA in 1976.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIN
    DEN
    Points 107 122
    FGM-FGA 43-90 (.478) 42-84 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 4-14 (.286) 6-18 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 17-22 (.773) 32-40 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-37 13-44
    Assists 32 24
    Turnovers 17 18
    Steals 10 11
    Blocks 4 10
    Fast Break Points 19 34
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 27

    Top Performers

    Minnesota
    Denver
    Randy Foye Foye
    Points: 19
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Linas Kleiza Kleiza
    Points: 23
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0