Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 10/10

Game 1: Friday, October 10th
Timberwolves95Final
Nuggets118
Game 2: Sunday, October 19th
Nuggets107Final
Timberwolves111

Nuggets 107

(4-1, 1-1 away)

Timberwolves 111

(5-1, 2-0 home)

    6:30 PM ET, October 19, 2008

    Bismarck Civic Center, Bismarck, ND

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 27 24 32 24107
    MIN 34 23 26 28111

    Timberwolves 111, Nuggets 107

    Associated Press

    BISMARCK, N.D. -- Kevin Ollie made four free throws in the final 16 seconds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 111-107 preseason victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

    Ryan Gomes scored 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field for the Timberwolves (5-1). Mike Miller had 17 points, Al Jefferson added 15, Craig Smith 13 and Randy Foye 12. Foye also had 15 assists.

    "Miller and Gomes had the hot hands," Denver coach George Karl said. "I thought some of that was our fault and some of it was they are very talented shooters."

    Anthony Carter led Denver (4-1) with 17 points, Carmelo Anthony added 15, J.R. Smith 14, Linas Kleiza 13, Kenyon Martin 12 and Nene 10. Kleiza shot 11-for-12 on free throws.

    Reserve guard Blake Ahearn broke a tie when he made a 3-pointer from the left corner with 33 seconds to play to give the Timberwolves a 107-106 lead.

    "We have a lot of options on that play, and Blake was one of those options," Minnesota coach Randy Wittman said.

    Carter hit a free throw with 19.8 seconds left to tie the score.

    Ollie, scoreless until the late free throws, went to the line for his first two attempts with 16 seconds remaining. He added his final two with 2 seconds to go.

    Miller helped get the Timberwolves off to a strong start in the first quarter. He scored 11 points as Minnesota built a 31-18 lead with 2:47 left in the first quarter.

    "That was probably the best start we've gotten off to all season," Wittman said. "We executed our offense well, and we were shooting the ball well."

    Denver's Dahntay Jones started a 13-3 run with a field goal from the left wing at 1:39. The Nuggets tied the score at 39 with eight minutes to play in the second quarter on back-to-back 3s from Smush Parker.

    Kleiza hit two free throws to give Denver its first lead, 42-41 with 6:48 left in the second quarter.

    Sebastian Telfair's buzzer-beating 3 stretched the Timberwolves' lead to 57-51 at halftime.

    "We've been playing very good defense most of training camp," Karl said. "This is probably our worst defensive game. Some of it is because of our shot selection and some of it was Minnesota played a very good game."

    The Timberwolves shot 53 percent from the field and 78 percent (25-for-32) from the free-throw line. Denver shot 48 percent on field goals and 76 percent (26-for-34) on free throws.

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