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Denver 93, Minnesota 91
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 30, 2021
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials: #54 Ray Acosta, #34 Kevin Cutler, #64 Justin Van Duyne
Attendance: 17136

Nikola Jokic scored 26 points and pulled down 19 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets rallied for a 93-91 win over the host Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night in Minneapolis.

Monte Morris added 16 points and five assists for Denver, which earned its second win in as many nights. Michael Porter Jr. grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds to go with seven points.

Malik Beasley scored 18 points on six 3-pointers off the bench to lead Minnesota. Anthony Edwards had a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards, and Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 14 points to go along with eight rebounds.

The score was tied at 89 when Jokic fed Morris for a driving layup to give Denver a two-point lead with 2:04 to go. Jokic added two free throws to make it 93-89 with 1:25 remaining, and the Timberwolves could not bounce back.

The Timberwolves maintained a 73-69 lead entering the fourth quarter. Both teams scored 26 points in the third quarter to keep the score close.

A 3-pointer by Jokic gave the Nuggets a 67-64 lead with 2:44 remaining in the third quarter. The Timberwolves answered with a 9-2 run that included a trio of 3-pointers by Naz Reid, Beasley and D'Angelo Russell.

Minnesota led 47-43 at the half.

The Nuggets held an early lead after a layup by Morris gave them a 19-16 advantage with 4:24 left in the first quarter. But the Timberwolves closed the period on a 16-4 run to go ahead 32-23. Reid drained a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining in the quarter.

Denver fell behind by as many as 14 points in the second quarter before regrouping. After a dunk by Edwards gave the Timberwolves a 43-29 lead, the Nuggets answered with a 14-4 run.

Porter Jr. kicked off the rally with a dunk off a feed from Jokic. Nah'Shon "Bones" Hyland drilled a jump shot and lobbed an alley-oop pass to Aaron Gordon during the run.

Jokic and Towns each were whistled for a double-personal foul in the final minute of the first half. Both players battled each other for positioning and shared words on the opposite end of the court as play resumed.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Denver   Minnesota
Nikola Jokic 26 Scoring Malik Beasley 18
Nikola Jokic 7 Assists D'Angelo Russell 6
Nikola Jokic 19 Rebounds Anthony Edwards 11
Aaron Gordon 4 Free Throws Made Karl-Anthony Towns 4
Will Barton 3 Steals Josh Okogie 2
Will Barton 2 Blocks Patrick Beverley 2
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Denver 93 40.9 9-37 12-16 24 48 10 11 18
Minnesota 91 39.3 13-41 8-9 21 46 6 8 20
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Orlando. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .333 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Denver will play their next game on the road against Memphis. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .500 after a loss.