Denver (26-24) at Minnesota (24-27)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Wed Feb 14, 2007
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The Denver Nuggets will play their final game before the All-Star break without Allen Iverson in the lineup, marking a disappointing end to coach George Karl’s so-called “experiment.”

The Nuggets, though, will be going for a fourth straight win on Wednesday when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Iverson was acquired by Denver in late December while Carmelo Anthony was in the midst of a 15-game suspension for fighting in a game at New York. When Anthony returned in January, coach George Karl was optimistic about the impact that bringing together two of the league’s highest scorers would have on the Nuggets.

“We’ve survived the 15-game suspension,” Karl said following the final game of Anthony’s suspension. “Now, we’ve got a 15-game experiment before the All-Star break. And I think everyone’s excited about it.”

The duo, which accounts for 57.6 points per game, has appeared in just six games together, and only once this month because of Iverson’s sprained ankle. The team is 2-4 with both on the floor.

Iverson, who has missed seven of the team’s last eight games, announced Tuesday he will skip this weekend’s All-Star game and Wednesday’s game against Minnesota.

“I’m very disappointed that I can’t play right now,” Iverson said in a statement through the team. “I was really looking forward to representing the Nuggets in my first All-Star game with the West. However, I need to make sure my ankle is 100 percent for the stretch run.”

Teammate Marcus Camby said Iverson skipping the All-Star game might be better for him—and the team—in the long run.

“I think we need him more in Denver than they need him in Las Vegas,” Camby said. “We want him to come back healthy in the second half of the season. It is going to be huge for us. The schedule isn’t in our favor. We have a lot of road games.”

Camby returned to the lineup on Monday after a four-game absence because of a strained left groin and the flu, helping Denver beat the Golden State Warriors 123-111 for its third straight win.

While Camby had eight points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Anthony and J.R. Smith each scored 28 points to pace the Nuggets.

Anthony scored 35 in a 106-92 win at Minnesota on Dec. 1 in the most recent game between these teams. It was Denver’s fifth victory in the last seven meetings, and third in its last four trips to Minneapolis.

The Timberwolves have won two of three since a four-game losing streak, and are coming off a 109-107 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday.

Kevin Garnett had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double in three games. Ricky Davis capped his 28-point night by hitting the game-winner with 0.2 seconds left off an assist from rookie Randy Foye.

“It doesn’t matter what I do on the court as long as we keep winning,” said Foye, who was making only his second start of the season. “That’s my biggest concern, to try to be a point guard, a leader and try to get everybody into the game.”

Foye, though, was cited Monday for disorderly conduct after police found him in an SUV at a gas station while two of his family members fought outside. The citation, Foye said, was for the noise caused by the fight.

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