Minnesota (49-22) at Denver (37-35)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Wed Mar 24, 2004
  • TV: WFTC, FSRM
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The Minnesota Timberwolves routed the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

As they try to increase their lead in the Midwest Division, the Timberwolves will look to deliver a repeat performance when the teams meet at the Pepsi Center.

Kevin Garnett had 20 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists Sunday, leading Minnesota to a 98-77 victory. The Timberwolves also held the Nuggets to just 30.9 percent shooting.

Minnesota turned in another impressive effort Tuesday, with Sam Cassell providing the perfect complement to Garnett. The All-Star guard had his third career triple-double with 14 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in an 86-81 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

The Timberwolves increased their lead over the defending NBA champions in the Midwest to three games.

Cassell was just 2-of-11 from the field, but he was 10-of-11 from the free-throw line.

“I was terrible,” Cassell said. “That’s cool, but I pride myself on making shots. We won the game. I’ll take that any night.”

Garnett again delivered an MVP-caliber performance, finishing with 27 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

“That’s the way the playoffs are going to be,” Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said.

While the Timberwolves have already clinched a spot in the postseason, the Nuggets are looking to improve their playoff chances.

Denver, which trails Utah by a half-game for eighth place in the Western Conference, rebounded from Sunday’s loss with a 102-80 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

Rookie forward Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points to lead six Nuggets in double figures, as Denver snapped a three-game losing streak. The Nuggets had lost 12 of 16.

“We’re in this thing despite what’s happened the past couple of weeks,” Nuggets guard Jon Barry said. “If you said that we’d be right here with 10 games to go with a chance to get in the playoffs, I think everybody would take it. So forget about the last two weeks.”

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