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Nuggets 111, Timberwolves 88

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DENVER -- Ty Lawson tied a season high with 32 points, Corey Brewer scored 15 and the Denver Nuggets rolled to their eighth straight win with a 111-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.

The win was the Nuggets' 13th in a row at home and tied them with Miami for the best home record (28-3).

Mickael Gelabale scored a season-high 19 points and J.J. Barea had 15 for the Timberwolves.

The Nuggets avenged one of three home losses with Saturday's win. The Timberwolves came into Denver and won 101-97 on Jan. 3, two days after the Nuggets stopped the Clippers' 17-game winning streak.

Since then the Nuggets have won 18 of 19 home games and 24 of 30 overall and improved to 42-22.

The Timberwolves, meanwhile, have hit an extended rough patch. They were 15-14 after beating the Nuggets but the win was costly. Leading scorer and rebounder Kevin Love broke his hand in the victory and hasn't played since. The injuries have mounted, leaving them with only nine healthy players for Saturday, and they have gone 6-24 since Jan. 3.

The Timberwolves hung tough in the first half behind 10 points from Barea and nine from Gelabale. Minnesota forced 10 Denver turnovers and trailed 50-49 at the break.

They led early in the third before Denver took over. Andre Iguodala's block of Luke Rindour's layup attempt jumpstarted a 14-2 run that gave the Nuggets a 71-59 lead midway through the third period.

The advantage grew to 17 late in the quarter before Barea's 3-pointer in the fourth cut it to nine. Lawson's 3-pointer with 6:50 remaining gave Denver a 99-78 lead.

Lawson hit all six of his shots and scored 14 points in the fourth.

NOTES: Forward Andrei Kirilenko (strained left calf) and center Nikola Pekovic (abdominal strain) will be checked by doctors early next week and might be back in the Timberwolves' lineup soon. Love, out since Jan. 3 with a broken hand, is shooting and doing conditioning drills but hasn't been cleared to play. ... The Nuggets' 12-game home winning streak is the longest in one season since the team won 19 straight in the 1988-89 season. ... Entering Saturday, Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio averaged 10.2 assists and 6.8 rebounds in his previous five games. The high rebound total doesn't surprise Timbervolves coach Rick Adelman. "He doesn't watch the ball, he follows the ball," Adelman said. "Guards that rebound the ball, they see where the ball is coming. There are a lot of rebounds that aren't at the basket. They're 10 feet away or five feet away, and he tracks that and goes and gets it. That's one of the big differences in why he is getting rebounds."
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