NBA: Millsap, Nuggets upend Timberwolves, 128-116

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Posted at Feb 24 2020 10:10 AM

Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets, Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets and Paul Millsap #4 of the Denver Nuggets high five during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 23, 2020 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Bart Young, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Paul Millsap had a season-high 25 points, Nikola Jokic scored 24, and the host Denver Nuggets beat the shorthanded Minnesota Timberwolves, 128-116, on Sunday night.

Jamal Murray had 19 points, Gary Harris and Monte Morris had 13 apiece and Jerami Grant 12 for Denver, which has won eight straight against the Timberwolves.

Kelan Martin scored a career-high 21 points - 19 in the first half - Malik Beasley had 17, Jordan McLaughlin added 15 points and 10 assists, Jarret Culver had 14 and Naz Reid scored 13 for Minnesota.

The Timberwolves had just nine players available. Karl-Anthony Towns is out at least two weeks with a left wrist fracture, Allen Crabbe was gone for personal reasons and guard D'Angelo Russell sat for maintenance.

Denver had 73 points in the first half, a season high, but still only led by three midway through the third quarter. Mason Plumlee's layup at the end of the period put the Nuggets ahead 97-87 heading into the fourth.

Denver scored nine quick points to take a 106-91 lead. Juancho Hernangomez's 3-pointer with 8:56 left capped a 9-0 run for the Wolves but the Nuggets put it away by scoring 18 of the next 20 points.

Millsap's layup with 3:53 left gave him his season high and put the Nuggets up by 22.

Minnesota played Denver tough after falling behind by nine early in the game. Beasley, who was traded to Minnesota along with Hernangomez and Jarred Vanderbilt on Feb. 6, had 12 points in the first half to help keep the Timberwolves in the game.

Martin scored seven points in a span of 1:06 midway through the second quarter to put Minnesota ahead 60-56 but the Nuggets finished the half on an 18-5 run to lead 73-65 at the break.

Millsap hit his first seven shots before finally missing a 3-pointer in the final minute of the second quarter. Jokic hit his first six shots before missing a layup early in the third. Denver shot 68.2 percent in the first half.

The Nuggets finished at 58.9 percent shooting for the game.

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