The Denver Nuggets had an impressive game shooting the ball in this one, going 45-88 (51.1%) from the field, including 8-16 (50.0%) from three-point range, in a 117-110 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Denver (8-6) has now won 4 in a row.
Ty Lawson scored 23 points on 7-15 shooting from the field and 8-10 from the free throw line. Other top contributors for Denver included Kenneth Faried with 13 points and 5 rebounds, and Andre Miller with 10 points and 6 assists. Kevin Martin had another strong performance for Minnesota despite the loss, scoring 29 points on 9-21 shooting. Nikola Pekovic added 21 points and 10 rebounds, Kevin Love finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio put up 17 points and 11 assists.
Denver avoided turning the ball over, even against a Minnesota defense that forces the league's fifth-most turnovers (opponents' TO% of 17.2%). The Nuggets finished this game with a TO% of 11.7%, and commit the fifth-fewest miscues in the NBA (TO% of 14.1%) thus far this season. Along with their eFG% of 55.7%, the Nuggets connected at a rate of 50.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (2-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Timberwolves are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Minnesota (8-9) has now dropped their last 3 straight games.
Coming up, the Nuggets battle the New York Knicks, who are 3-10 on the season. The Timberwolves match up with the Dallas Mavericks, currently sitting at 9-6 this year. The Timberwolves are 1-0 versus Dallas this season.