Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Big Game 2-20-12: Timberwolves Soooo Close

Denver out-lasted the Minnesota Timberwolves in OT last night, 103-101. The game was decided, from the Wolves POV, by 2 layups, one that was missed and one that was made.

Denver tied things up at 93-all on an Al Harrington 3 with 1:39 left in regulation, and neither team was able to score the rest of the way. The Nuggets drew 1st blood after more than 3 minutes of OT.  Ricky Rubio tied it up at 95 with a driving layup, but Denver answered to lead 97-95. On the Wolves ensuing possession, Luke Ridnour broke free to the basket but missed a wide open layup with :18 . Denver capitalized to lead by 4 at 99-95, then made 5-of-6 FT to lead 102-97 with 9 seconds remaining. Ridnour made 2 FT to bring the Wolves within 102-99.

Then on the ensuing in-bound the Wolves Martell Webster stole the pass-in in Denver's offensive end. He drove down the court but instead of taking a 3-pointer to tie it up, he took the ball all the way to the rim for the jam at 0:01.3, getting the Wolves within 102-101. Oops. By the time the Wolves called the timeout there was just 0:00.5 left. Denver made 1 of 2 FT for the 103-101 win.

The Wolves had led early by as many as 13 at 25-12. It was 30-18 at the quarter break. But the 2nd quarter was all Denver and they led 51-46 at the half. Denver led by as many as 10 at 69-59 but the Wolves got within 76-73 after 3. Neither team led by more than 4 in the 4th.

Player of the Day

Kevin Love led the Wolves with 22 points and 13 boards.

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