Fatigue has started to set in for the Timberwolves. The Wolves are currently in the midst of a span where they play 5 games in seven days, and it showed on Friday Night’s loss to the Nuggets. Denver has one of the best home court advantages in the league, their altitude. This and the fact the Timberwolves have been playing almost non stop for a few days seemed to have gotten the Nuggets this victory.
Of course, Kevin Love had a huge game. He went off for 28 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. The Wolves second leading scorer was none other than Kevin Martin who had 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. This game also marked the first time swingman Corey Brewer was back in Denver last season. Brewer had a relatively quiet game, only having 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal, but Brewer made up for it in the 3rd quarter with a thunderous dunk off of a beautiful Kevin Love outlet pass. It is also important to note, the Timberwolves actually had some bench scoring this game. JJ Barea had 22 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists in 25 minutes of play. Dante Cunningham had 12 points, and 4 rebounds off the bench.
Denver had an all around great game, with 7 players in double figures. Wilson Chandler led the way for the Nuggets, scoring wise, he had 19 points, along with 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Denver had strong performances from JJ Hickson, Kenneth Faried, and Ty Lawson. These three all recorded double doubles.
Wilson Chandler basically won the game for the Nuggets, as he hit a 3-pointer and three key free throws down the stretch.
- Shabazz Muhammad sat out with Sprained Right Ankle
- The Wolves shot relatively poor from behind the arc (6-22, 27%)
- Kevin Love recorded his 9th double double in 10 games
- The Nuggets had 9 blocks in the game, while the Timberwolves only had 2
- Rick Adelman only played JJ Barea, Dante Cunningham, and Robbie Hummel off the bench
- Rubio did not score in this game, instead helping his team 12 assists, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals
- Rubio played strong defensively again forcing opposing point guard Ty Lawson to shoot 6-16 (38%) from the field
The Timberwolves will face off against the Boston Celtics (4-6) in the Target Center, on Saturday November 16th at 7:00 PM Central Time.