Minnesota Timberwolves overcome deficit to stun Denver Nuggets in Game 7

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The NBA Conference Finals were decided after the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Denver Nuggets 98-90 in Game 7 of Game 2 on Sunday.

Unlike Game 7 earlier in the league, when the Indiana Pacers made history in their stunning victory over the New York Knicks, this game was a dogfight, with Minnesota unable to pull away until late in the fourth quarter.

The reigning NBA champion Nuggets, playing this matchup at home, rode the momentum Sunday, building a 20-point lead at 58-38 early in the third quarter.


#32 Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves faces #0 Christian Braun of the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter of Game 7 of the Western Conference second round playoffs at Ball Arena in Denver on Sunday. He then heads to the basket. (C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)

Then Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards finally got a shot, and good offense led to great defense on the other side of the floor.

The Timberwolves won the third quarter 28-14 and held on until the fourth quarter. Minnesota would come out swinging for 30 points, but Edwards’ 3-pointer made it 92-82 with 3:07 left in the game.

Nuggets fans gathered at Ball Arena chanting for their team to stay, but in the end it turned out the Timberwolves were trying too hard.

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Nikola Jokic was gassed just a minute into the game, but scored the final goal with 1:02 left, cutting the T-Wolves’ lead to five points. There was still a slight chance of an upset, but University of Minnesota co-leading scorer Karl-Anthony Towns put an exclamation point on the victory with a putback dunk off Mike Conley’s missed layup. Ta.

Towns had 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting, 12 rebounds, two steals, two assists, and one block, helping his team advance to the conference finals. Teammate Jayden McDaniels also made 7 of 10 from the field, scoring 23 points, including three 3-pointers and six rebounds.

Nikola Jokic dribbling

No. 15 Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets makes a pass with No. 32 Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the third quarter of Game 7 of the Western Conference secondary playoffs on Sunday at Ball Arena in Denver. Aim for. (C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)

McDaniel’s performance was needed because Edwards, Minnesota’s go-to scorer, didn’t have his best day with the rock in his hands. He scored 16 points on 6-of-24 shooting, including 2-of-10 from beyond the arc.

But his hustle never stopped, recording eight rebounds, seven assists, and two steals for the T-Wolves.

For Minnesota, Naz Reid, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, also played quality, scoring several clutch buckets in the fourth quarter, including a Towns-like putback dunk. He had 11 points and four rebounds.

The Nuggets failed to make 3-pointers and finished at 24.2% as a team. Jokic went 2-of-10 from there, finishing with 34 points and 19 rebounds in a marathon Game 7.

Jamal Murray scored a game-high 35 points, but struggled from three, hitting just 4-of-12. He went 13-of-27 from the field overall, with three rebounds and three assists.

Anthony Edwards reacts on court

#5 Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrates a 3-point basket during the third quarter of Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena in Denver on Sunday. (C. Morgan Engel/Getty Images)


After a stunning come-from-behind victory, Minnesota will play Dallas at home on Wednesday to begin a series to determine which team will represent the West in the NBA Finals.

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