The Timberwolves returned home to face the Denver Nuggets for the second time in the young season. The Nuggets defeated the Wolves earlier in the season in Kevin Love's return 101-94. Despite a poor shooting night from Love, the Wolves extracted some revenge with a 108-105 win.
"We had a lot of guys contribute tonight," said head coach Rick Adelman. "Pek, the guards all played well and it's a game we've got to have. We have to beat teams in our conference."
Kenneth Faried got the Nuggets off to a good start as he scored 11 of the Nuggets first 16 points as the visitors jumped out to a 16-10 lead. Meanwhile Kevin Love struggled once again from the floor as he started 0-for-6 from the field before finally scoring on a dunk in transition. Love finished the half shooting just 3-for-12 from the field.
Trailing by as many as 12, early in the second quarter the Wolves went on a 28-15 to end the quarter taking a 51-50 lead at the half. Much of the damage came at the free throw line as the Wolves went 17-for-20 at the line.
The cold shooting continued into the second half for Love and the Wolves and despite Love shooting 0-for-5 from the floor in the quarter, the Wolves stretched their lead to seven 77-70 after three quarters.
The Wolves run continued into the fourth quarter as Nikola Pekovic took advantage of the Nuggets foul trouble. Both Kosta Koufos and Javale McGee were forced to the bench with five fouls each. Pekovic scored 12 second half points as the Wolves built their lead.
The Nuggets cut the defecit to three points with 34 seconds left after former Wolves guard Corey Brewer had back to back dunks. Out of a timeout, the Wolves turned the ball over when they failed to inbound the basketball and were called for a five second violation. Denver then turned the ball over when Ty Lawson was double teamed and lost the ball. Andrei Kirilenko raced up court and finished with a dunk that brought the fans at Target Center to their feet.
With the Wolves leading 107-102, Brewer hit a deep three to pull the game to within two points. Dante Cunningham missed the front end of a two shot situation, but made the third with just five seconds remaining and Lawson's three pointer to tie bounced ott the rim.
NOTES: All was well with the media dinner until Denver's Andre Miller entered, grabed a plate and sat down to eat with the media types. FOX Sports North analysit Quincy Lewis asked Miller what he was doing to which Miller replied "It's a free meal".