MINNEAPOLIS — Sunday’s game won’t be showcased on any highlight reel, but somehow the Nuggets found a way to avoid a complete disaster.
And, of course, Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic was at the center of it. For the second game in a row, Jokic buried a game-winner that saved his team.
After a fourth-quarter collapse and a tense overtime session, Jokic drained a baseline jumper that sealed the game and seized the 100-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. Jokic’s game-winner over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night secured the Nuggets’ biggest fourth-quarter comeback in team history.
Down 90-74, the Timberwolves scored the last 16 points of the fourth quarter to send Sunday’s matinee to overtime. There, Will Barton connected on two 3-pointers to help offset a frigid offensive fourth quarter. Minnesota wing Josh Okogie couldn’t connect on a last-ditch heave at the end of overtime.
The victory improved Denver’s record to 7-2, including a sterling 4-1 road record.
For a team that had already seized three early road wins this season, the Nuggets didn’t act like a team that had been there before. They didn’t score over the final 6:43 of regulation.
For the second game in a row, the Nuggets got an engaged, energetic Jokic to help spearhead the win. Denver’s superstar center poured in 20 points and dished seven assists. His much-scrutinized attitude was fantastic as he cheered and encouraged his teammates when he went to the bench.
Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 16 rebounds in the loss. Andrew Wiggins chipped in 25 points.
Nuggets guard Jamal Murray had 15 points and five assists, but didn’t score after the first quarter.