Nuggets hold off Timberwolves

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Updated: November 28, 2013

Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – Ty Lawson led eight Nuggets in double
figures with 23 points as Denver survived a late Minnesota rally to top the
Timberwolves, 117-110, at Target Center.

Darrell Arthur’s jumper had the Nuggets in front 103-92 midway through the
fourth before Kevin Love drilled 3-pointers on the front and back end of a
10-0 Wolves’ run.

Denver’s frontcourt helped it stay in front, as J.J. Hickson’s tip-slam halted
the charge. Kenneth Faried followed with an alley-oop in transition and the
Hickson dunked once again to add to the cushion. Lawson and Wilson Chandler
put the game away from the foul line.

Nate Robinson and Chandler netted 15 and 14 points, respectively, as the
Nuggets won their fourth straight tilt. Faried had 13 points while Jordan
Hamilton added 11 and Hickson, Randy Foye and Andre Miller all scored 10.

“We’re starting to get it,” Denver head coach Brian Shaw said. “We’re starting
to build some momentum.”

Kevin Martin made 11-of-11 from the free throw line en route to 29 points for
the Timberwolves, who have dropped three in a row and five of six. Nikola
Pekovic contributed 21 points and 10 boards, Love went for 19 points and 15
rebounds and Ricky Rubio double-doubled with 17 points and 11 assists, but
committed seven of his team’s 17 turnovers.

The Nuggets led 28-27 after a balanced first quarter in which neither team
went up by more than six points.

Denver began to pull away early in the second. Hamilton started the frame with
a 3 and Faried followed with a 3-point play. Robinson then caught fire,
sinking three triples to extend the visitors’ edge to 48-33 just 4:24 into the
period.

Pekovic and Martin combined for 20 points in the second — 18 after Robinson’s
last 3 — as the Wolves trailed 64-55 at intermission.

“Defensively we allowed them to do whatever they wanted to do,” Minnesota head
coach Rick Adelman said. “We have to figure out what we’re going to do from
this point forward because you can’t defend like that.”

Hamilton’s trey capped a 7-0 Denver burst late in the third to hold Minnesota
at arm’s length before the decisive fourth quarter.

Game Notes

Minnesota played its first game since trading former No. 2 pick Derrick
Williams, who was sent to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday for forward Luc Mbah
a Moute. Mbah a Moute is expected to make his Wolves’ debut in Dallas on
Saturday … Denver’s bench outscored their counterparts, 47-10 … Minnesota
outrebounded the Nuggets, 46-36.