Timberwolves fall in overtime to Denver after rallying from 16 points down in fourth quarter

Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

Published in Basketball

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sunday at Target Center the Timberwolves pushed through an ice-cold shooting day to rally from 16 down in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

All, it turns out, for naught.

With the game tied at 98, Denver center Nikola Jokic hit a turn-around, 15-foot jumper with 2.4 seconds left to give Denver – which didn't score for more than 10 minutes from mid-fourth quarter into the overtime session – a 100-98 victory.

Both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins scored 25 points for the Wolves, who were in the game despite shooting 34-for-97 overall and 6-for-45 on three pointers – both season lows. Josh Okogie scored 17 points with eight rebounds off the bench.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Nuggets (7-2), led by Jokic, who had 20. Jamal Murray had 15, Paul Millsap 14.

Down 16 with 6:43 left in the game, the Wolves began their comeback. Over the final 6:41 of the final quarter the Wolves went 16-0, holding the Nuggets without a point for 14 straight possessions.


Nine of those points came via the free throw line, in a slow burn of a comeback. Within three after Wiggins hit two free throws with 2:49 left, Towns had two chances at open three-pointers, but missed.

Finally, with 41.7 seconds left, Towns hit his three-pointer, tying the game.

The Wolves stopped the Nuggets again, and Wiggins had a chance to win the game in regulation, but missed a three-pointer from the top of the key with 12 seconds left.

Out of a time out the Nuggets got a good shot, but Murray's baseline jumper went long, forcing overtime.


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