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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DENVER           16   23   24   14    77   
     MINNESOTA        24   30   16   13    83      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DEN - CHRIS ANDERSEN 16, JAMES POSEY 15, CHRIS
                      WHITNEY 11
                MIN - TROY HUDSON 23, ANTHONY PEELER 14, KEVIN
                      GARNETT 13

HIGH REBOUND:   DEN - JAMES POSEY 14, NENE HILARIO 11, CHRIS 
                      ANDERSEN 8
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 12, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 
                      10, LOREN WOODS 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   DEN - NENE HILARIO 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 7, TROY HUDSON 4, LOREN 
                      WOODS 3

         ATT:   16,113

Box Score

DENVER (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Harvey 26 2-10 0-0 1-4 0 2 4 R Bowen 18 1-3 0-0 2-3 2 0 2 M Blount 19 2-5 2-2 1-3 0 4 6 J Posey 34 7-14 1-2 2-14 3 0 15 C Whitney 30 4-15 1-5 0-1 3 3 11 N Tskitishvili 29 3-7 0-0 1-2 3 5 9 N Hilario 28 3-6 4-6 4-11 4 3 10 C Andersen 23 7-9 2-2 1-8 0 2 16 K Satterfield 18 2-7 0-0 0-0 2 0 4 L Harrington 15 0-2 0-0 1-2 2 3 0 J Howard DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE R White DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-78 10-17 13-48 19 22 77 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.588. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (R Bowen 0-1, J Posey 0-3, C Whitney 2-7, N Tskitishvili 3-4, N Hilario 0-1, K Satterfield 0-2, L Harrington 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (N Tskitishvili 2, C Andersen, N Hilario). Turnovers:21 (C Whitney 4, N Hilario 4, J Posey 3, C Andersen 3, R Bowen 2, M Blount 2, D Harvey, L Harrington, K Satterfield). Steals: 5 (J Posey 3, C Andersen 2). MINNESOTA (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 6-12 1-2 0-12 7 2 13 L Woods 28 1-8 0-0 0-8 3 1 2 R Nesterovic 37 4-12 2-4 4-10 1 3 10 T Hudson 39 10-21 3-4 0-0 4 3 23 A Peeler 30 5-11 0-0 1-1 2 1 14 G Trent 24 3-7 3-5 0-3 2 3 9 K Gill 18 3-6 2-2 0-0 2 1 8 M Jackson 10 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 R Strickland 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 R Slater 4 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 W Szczerbiak DNP - LEFT FOOT INJURY I Rakocevic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-82 11-17 6-37 22 19 83 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.415, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (K Garnett 0-2, R Nesterovic 0-1, T Hudson 0-3, A Peeler 4-4). Team Rebounds: 16. Blocked Shots:5 (K Garnett 3, G Trent, L Woods). Turnovers:15 (K Garnett 4, R Slater 3, T Hudson 2, R Strickland, G Trent, L Woods, R Nesterovic, K Gill, A Peeler). Steals: 9 (G Trent 2, T Hudson 2, K Gill, R Nesterovic, L Woods, A Peeler, K Garnett). ------------------------------------------- DENVER 16 23 24 14 - 77 MINNESOTA 24 30 16 13 - 83 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Denver - 1 (Defensive Three, 9:29 1st). Minnesota - 2 (Defensive Three, 3:09 2nd; Defensive Three, 8:44 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,113. T: 2:06. Officials: Dan Crawford, Kevin Fehr, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

DENVER (77) AT MINNESOTA (83) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D HARVEY F 26 2-10 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 4 R BOWEN F 18 1-3 0-0 2 1 3 2 0 0 2 2 M BLOUNT C 19 2-5 2-2 1 2 3 0 4 0 2 6 J POSEY G 34 7-14 1-2 2 12 14 3 0 3 3 15 C WHITNEY G 30 4-15 1-5 0 1 1 3 3 0 4 11 N TSKITISHVILI 29 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 3 5 0 0 9 N HILARIO 28 3-6 4-6 4 7 11 4 3 0 4 10 C ANDERSEN 23 7-9 2-2 1 7 8 0 2 2 3 16 K SATTERFIELD 18 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 4 L HARRINGTON 15 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 0 1 0 J HOWARD DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE R WHITE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-78 10-17 13 35 48 19 22 5 21 77 (.397) (.588) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 23 (19 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K GARNETT F 41 6-12 1-2 0 12 12 7 2 1 4 13 L WOODS F 28 1-8 0-0 0 8 8 3 1 1 1 2 R NESTEROVIC C 37 4-12 2-4 4 6 10 1 3 1 1 10 T HUDSON G 39 10-21 3-4 0 0 0 4 3 2 2 23 A PEELER G 30 5-11 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 14 G TRENT 24 3-7 3-5 0 3 3 2 3 2 1 9 K GILL 18 3-6 2-2 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 8 M JACKSON 10 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 2 R STRICKLAND 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 R SLATER 4 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 3 2 W SZCZERBIAK DNP - LEFT FOOT INJURY I RAKOCEVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-82 11-17 6 31 37 22 19 9 15 83 (.415) (.647) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 16 (15 PTS) DENVER 16 23 24 14 - 77 MINNESOTA 24 30 16 13 - 83 BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - N TSKITISHVILI 2, C ANDERSEN, N HILARIO. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 3, G TRENT, L WOODS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 5-19 (.263), R BOWEN 0-1, J POSEY 0-3, C WHITNEY 2- 7, N TSKITISHVILI 3-4, N HILARIO 0-1, K SATTERFIELD 0-2, L HARRINGTON 0- 1. MINNESOTA 4-10 (.400), K GARNETT 0-2, R NESTEROVIC 0-1, T HUDSON 0- 3, A PEELER 4-4. TECHNICAL FOULS: DENVER - DEFENSIVE THREE. MINNESOTA - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, KEVIN FEHR, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 16,113. T - 2:06.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves should not assume a win over the Denver Nuggets is automatic. Troy Hudson scored 23 points in his debut with his new team as the Timberwolves nearly blew a 25-point lead before holding on for an 83-77 victory over the Nuggets. Denver won just 27 games last season and spent the offseason beginning a rebuilding project that has it projected to be among the worst teams in NBA history. However, first-year coach Jeff Bzdelik has said his team will play hard, and they did in this one. "Our young guys played hard and played well," Bzdelik said. "We made some mistakes, but they were mistakes made with great effort. We just need to execute better offensively. It's going to take time with these young players. "They have great energy. We had some pretty decent production tonight. They always didn't play right, but they played hard." A year ago, Denver was 19-24 in games decided by 10 points or less, including a pair of one-point wins over Minnesota and a three-point loss here on December 26. The Nuggets played without Marcus Camby (back surgery) and Juwan Howard (suspension) and relied heavily on a new cast of characters to stay in this one. After a terrible start, the Nuggets rallied from a 66-41 deficit with 8:34 remaining in the third quarter by scoring 15 straight points. They got within 70-63 entering the fourth quarter, but lack of execution did them in down the stretch. The Wolves made five of their first seven shots in the third period, opening the 25-point advantage when Anthony Peeler hit a 3-pointer. Before getting back into the game, Denver had missed six of its first seven shots. But the tables turned for both teams. Chris Anderson ended the slump with two consecutive mid-range jumpers and James Posey added a layup to get Denver within 66-47 with 5:45 left. Nene Hilario converted a layup and fellow rookie Nikoloz Tskitishvili made a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 66-52. Anderson scored Denver's next four points to cap the run. While Denver reeled off 15 straight points, Minnesota missed 10 straight shots and committed three turnovers. The Wolves scored their first points in over six minutes when Hudson hit a jumper with 1:59 remaining. However, Tskitishvili hit his second 3-pointer of the game, Kenny Satterfield made a jumper and Anderson had a dunk that got the Nuggets within seven. "We need to continue to play hard and not be passive with a big lead," Hudson said. "We got away from the game plan when we got the big lead. Then we did run our offense, we made lazy passes. When you're up 25, it's hard to keep your focus. A young team like Denver just keeps playing hard and comes at you no matter what the score is." Posey's layup made it 79-73 with 4:42 left, but Peeler hit a 3-pointer on the next possession, and the Wolves were never threatened thereafter as the Nuggets sloppy, committing four turnovers the rest of the way. "It's not a moral victory, but there are some things we can build on," said Whitney, who was acquired from Washington on Thursday. "We have a team here and it's going to take every man for us to win. Tonight was a perfect example of that although we didn't come out with a victory." Signed as a free agent from Orlando, Hudson scored Minnesota's first nine points. Peeler scored 14 points and Kevin Garnett collected 13 and 12 rebounds, including his 10,000th career point in the first half. Playing for injured starter Terrell Brandon, Hudson scored his first points for Minnesota on a series of jumpers. He hit a jump shot with 34 seconds before halftime that stretched Minnesota's lead to 54-39. "A win is a win," Garnett said. "There is a lot of anticipation, a lot of excitement for the first game. In the first half we ran the offense like clockwork. In the second half we ran out of gas and we had a mental lapse and they were able to make a run. As I've always said, there are no bad teams in the NBA, so you can't take any night off. It's good to be tested early and I'm glad it happened tonight." Anderson finished with 16 points, one shy of his career high. Posey added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Nuggets, who shot 40 percent (31-of-78) and committed 21 turnovers.


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