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Jamal Murray puts up 40 as Nuggets dump Wolves


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Jamal Murray puts up 40 as Nuggets dump Wolves

IN CONTROL. Nuggets guard Jamal Murray tries to keep the ball away from Timberwolves counterpart Nickeil Alexander-Walker.

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Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray pump in the numbers as the Nuggets take a 2-0 series lead over the Timberwolves

Jamal Murray scored 40 points, Nikola Jokic had 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists, and the host Denver Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 122-113, in Game 2 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series on Wednesday, April 19 (Thursday, April 20, Manila time).

The Nuggets lead the series 2-0 heading to Game 3 in Minneapolis on Friday.

Michael Porter Jr. scored 16 points, Aaron Gordon had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Green finished with 11 points for top-seeded Denver.

Anthony Edwards had a franchise playoff record 41 points for the No. 8-seeded Timberwolves, hitting 14-of-23 shots – including 6-of-10 from three-point range. 

Rudy Gobert scored 19 points, Mike Conley had 14 points, Taurean Prince put up 12 points, Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Kyle Anderson also had 10 points.

Minnesota scored 40 points in the third quarter to lead 89-87 entering the fourth. Denver went on an 8-0 run to open the final quarter, grabbing a 95-89 lead, but Edwards had 7 points in a 10-3 surge to put the Timberwolves in front, 99-98, with 6:55 to go.

Porter answered with a triple, Minnesota missed its next three shots, and three Nuggets free throws made it 104-99 with 5:33 remaining.

Conley hit a running bank shot, but Jokic fed Gordon on an alley-oop and Porter sank a mid-range jumper to make it 108-101.

Edwards hit two free throws before Murray drained another three-pointer and a 12-footer to make it a 10-point game with 3:14 left.

Conley and Edwards made three-pointers to get Minnesota within 115-109 before Murray answered with one from deep. 

Edwards hit a 20-footer, but another Jokic-Gordon alley-oop sealed it.

The Nuggets led by as many as 21 in the second quarter before Minnesota chipped away and got within 64-49 at halftime.

Murray’s layup with 9:41 left in the third gave Denver a 70-55 lead before the Timberwolves went on a 14-0 run.

Towns hit a triple, Gobert had two dunks and Edwards scored five points during the surge that made it a one-point game. 

The Nuggets hit two baskets to go up by five, but Minnesota’s 10-5 run tied it at 79.

After Jokic split a pair of free throws, Anderson’s dunk gave the Timberwolves their first lead since the first quarter. –

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