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Wolves hold off Nuggets in OT, survive another day


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Wolves hold off Nuggets in OT, survive another day

SURVIVE. Karl-Anthony Towns (left) and the Timberwolves deny Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets of a sweep.

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The Timberwolves trim their series deficit to 1-3 as the Nuggets fall short of a first-round sweep in the Western Conference playoffs

Anthony Edwards scored 34 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 6 points in overtime as the Minnesota Timberwolves avoided elimination by defeating the Denver Nuggets, 114-108, in Minneapolis in Game 4 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series on Sunday, April 23 (Monday, April 24, Manila time).

The top-seeded Nuggets lead the series 3-1 and will again try to eliminate the No. 8 Timberwolves in Game 5 in Denver on Tuesday.

Mike Conley added 19 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out for the Wolves. Rudy Gobert chipped in 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Kyle Anderson scored 11 points.

Nikola Jokic had 43 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Nuggets. Jamal Murray scored 19 points, Michael Porter Jr. notched 15, and Aaron Gordon finished with 14.

Jokic had 4 points and an assist to help Denver take a 102-101 lead in overtime, but Alexander-Walker, who had missed all three of his three-point attempts in regulation, made consecutive treys to start an 8-0 run that gave Minnesota a 109-102 lead with 1:29 left to play.

Murray had two baskets and Jokic one as the Nuggets got within a point, but Edwards made a three-pointer with 11.5 seconds left to seal the victory.

Edwards made a jumper that gave Minnesota a 96-84 lead with 2:52 left in the fourth quarter, but Porter made two three-pointers and Jokic added 6 points to comprise a 12-0 run that pulled the Nuggets even at 96 with 12.7 seconds left.

Minnesota had a chance to win, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope blocked Edwards as he attempted a jumper in the final second.

Jokic scored 9 quick points early in the third quarter to give Denver a 64-55 lead.

Edwards scored 14 points as Minnesota finished the period with a 25-10 run to build an 80-74 lead heading into the fourth.

Edwards had 8 points and 2 assists and a Gobert layup gave the Wolves a 23-22 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter featured seven ties and seven lead changes, the last of which came as Denver scored the final 5 points of the first half to grab a 52-48 halftime lead. –

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