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Anthony Edwards, Timberwolves finish strong to top Nuggets – InForum

MINNEAPOLIS — Anthony Edwards had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Jaden McDaniels had 21 points and Minnesota beat Denver 124-111 Monday night in Minneapolis.

Kyle Anderson had 19 points and eight assists and Jaylen Nowell had 17 for the Timberwolves, who were on a six-game losing streak.

Nikola Jokic had 24 points and nine assists, Michael Porter Jr. and Bones Hyland each had 18 points, Jamal Murray added 14 points, Aaron Gordon had 12 points and 16 rebounds, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with 10 for the Nuggets.

Minnesota led 67-60 less than two minutes into the second half, but the Nuggets rallied. Gordon and Porter dived, Caldwell-Pope converted a three-point play and Porter hit a 3-pointer to put Denver 70-69 ahead.

The Nuggets increased their lead to 83-80 later in the third quarter, but Edwards scored 10 points in the final 3:25 of the third quarter to lead Minnesota 90-85 into the fourth quarter.

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Denver Nuggets guard Christian Braun (0) drives around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kyle Anderson (5) Monday, January 2, 2023 in Minneapolis.

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Murray opened the final third with an 18-foot jump, but the Timberwolves responded. Luka Garza converted a three-point play, made a layup and later two free throws, and Nowell hit a 3-pointer after a miss from Denver to give Minnesota a 105-95 lead with 7:30 left.

The nuggets answered. Jokic dunked, made a 3-pointer and fed a 3-pointer to Porter in a quick 8-0 run. McDaniels broke the streak with a layup, Gordon missed two free throws and Edward hit a fadeaway to make it a six-point game.

Gordon scored his own miss, but Anderson hit a corner with a 3-pointer to make it 112-105 with 4:10 to go.

Denver missed their next three possessions while Edwards hit a layup and split McDaniel’s two free throws 2:25 to give the Timberwolves a 10-point lead.

Rudy Gobert was called out for the goaltender on Jokic’s hook shot, but Austin Rivers hit a 3-pointer from the corner to put Minnesota up 11 with 1:44 left and the Timberwolves shut it out.

The Timberwolves used a 15-2 run in the second quarter to take a 59-53 lead at halftime.

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