Wolves losing streak hits five games after falling in Denver

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, left, drives past Minnesota Timberwolves forward Ed Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Denver. Photo: (AP Photo/David Zalubowski). Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, left, drives past Minnesota Timberwolves forward Ed Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Denver.

Associated Press
Created: January 05, 2021 11:10 PM

Nikola Jokic scored 13 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter after losing his cool earlier in the game, and the Denver Nuggets scrambled late to beat Minnesota 123-116 on Tuesday night for their 10th straight win over the Timberwolves.

Jokic shook off two second-quarter technical fouls — one for hanging on the rim and another for jawing at an official — to lead the Nuggets to the comeback victory. He also had 15 rebounds.

Will Barton added 20 points and reserve JaMychal Green had 17 for the Nuggets, who squandered an 18-point lead in the first half and fell behind by eight. They went on a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter to take control. Denver held Minnesota scoreless for more than five minutes during the decisive stretch.

D’Angelo Russell scored 33 points and Juancho Hernangomez added 25 against his former team. It was the fifth straight loss for the Timberwolves.

TIP-INS:

Timberwolves: Minnesota rookie Anthony Edwards scored 15 points. … Beasley had 15.

Nuggets: F Michael Porter Jr. missed a third straight game due to the league’s health and safety protocols involving COVID-19. … The Nuggets won a coach’s challenge late in the third. P.J. Dozier’s foul on a 3-point attempt was overturned.

FLASHBACK TO ’18:

The last time Minnesota beat Denver was Game No. 82 to close out the 2018 season. That was a winner-goes-to-the-playoffs situation, with the Timberwolves prevailing in overtime.

“I don’t think that game resonates at all with our guys anymore,” Malone said.

Since then, Denver has captured back-to-back division titles.

“Even though we lost the game in our third year with a chance to go to the playoffs, there was no need to panic, there was no need to make wholesale changes,” Malone explained. “Everybody wants the get-rich-quick scheme. Sometimes you have to build it, let it grow and let it come together like we’ve done.”


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