Murray Scores 40 Points, And The Nuggets Defeat The Timberwolves To Take A 2-0 Lead

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Murray Scores 40 Points, And The Nuggets Defeat The Timberwolves To Take A 2-0 Lead

On Wednesday night, the Denver Nuggets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-113 to take a dominating 2-0 lead in the NBA playoff series. Jamal Murray led the Denver offense with 40 points, while Michael Porter Jr. contributed 13 of his 16 points in the decisive fourth quarter.

Nikola Jokic contributed 27 points, nine assists, and nine rebounds for the Nuggets, who entered the final period down by a score of 89-87 after blowing a 21-point lead early in the game.

The Wolves overcame a 64-59 deficit at halftime because of 41 points scored by Anthony Edwards. The Wolves hit an incredible 81% from the field in the third quarter.

In the first half, Minnesota had a shooting percentage of only 39%, which was just a little better than it was during a defeat by 29 points in the series-opening game on Sunday night.

They had a great 80% shooting percentage in the third quarter. 80%! Michael Malone, the head coach of the Denver Nuggets, lost his cool on TNT after seeing the Timberwolves hit 17 of 21 attempts. Thus, we didn’t engage in any defensive play. That’s exactly what went down!”

The series’ third game will take place in Minneapolis on Friday evening.

The Nuggets recovered during an exciting fourth quarter that started with Porter scoring eight straight points (on a four-point play, a reverse layup, and two free throws). However, the Nuggets could not shake the energized Wolves, who clawed their way back and went ahead 99-98 on an Edwards jumper.

After receiving the ball, Porter immediately fired down a 3-pointer that put Denver back in the lead for good.

Rudy Gobert had a game-high 19 points, but he was called for a technical penalty for appealing his fifth personal foul, a push in Nikola Jokic’s back. Gobert’s colleague Kyle Anderson, who Gobert punched in the Timberwolves’ last game of the regular season, was the one who talked Gobert down.

After being blasted out on Sunday night, the Timberwolves pledged to be more aggressive in the next game, but in the third quarter, they truly started to bring the fight to the Nuggets.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Minnesota finished the game behind by a score of 56-44 after being outscored in the paint by a score of 36-18 in the first half. Karl-Anthony Towns only made three of his 12 shots, but he still scored 10 points. He has shot 8-for-27 from the field, resulting in 21 points scored for the series. Similar to Murray, Edwards knocked down 6 of 10 3-point attempts.

Nuggets: In the first half, Denver outscored Minnesota 19-3 on fast breaks, but they only ended up with a 19-16 lead. In the first quarter, Murray led the Nuggets in scoring with 14 points, and Denver made 10 of their first 15 field goal attempts.

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