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Nuggets balanced effort leads to win over Timberwolves

Wilson Chandler

DENVER– The Denver Nuggets are working on getting their team to full strength, and in the mean time, they’re playing just like a team. The Nuggets under first-year head coach Brian Shaw played host to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday and found balance throughout their team, and came out with a 117-113 victory.

Wilson Chandler came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 19 points, while the entire bench as a whole delivered in 66 points of their own. Double-doubles were in store for Denver’s big men as Kenneth Faried had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and J.J. Hickson had 12 points and 11 rebounds of his own.

The Timberwolves however did not get contributions from all players they rely on as point guard Ricky Rubio was held scoreless. Rubio did have 12 assists and 8 rebounds in the game, while Kevin Love had 28 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Martin made his return to the lineup and dropped 27 points, while J.J. Barea was the team’s leading scorer off the bench with 21 points.

Corey Brewer had a late inadvertent hit to Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson’s eye, causing Lawson to leave the game with 32 seconds left in the game.

The Nuggets improved to 4-4 on the season, and will head to Houston on Saturday to take on the Rockets. The Timberwolves fall to 6-4 on the season and will head back home to Minnesota to face the sub .500 Boston Celtics.

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