Wolves fade at the finish in narrow home loss to Nuggets
"Timberwolves coach Chris Finch was an assistant in Denver when the Nuggets were coalescing from a young team with talent into a playoff team. So, before the Nuggets played Saturday at Target Center, Finch was asked what he took away from his time in Denver.
"That they were going to be really good,'' Finch said. "I've said it many times, I got a lot of similar feelings when I came here with the young core as when I was there. It took a couple seasons for it to fall together, and now they're a playoff lock. And, hopefully, we can follow that same path.''
But the Wolves couldn't get past the Nuggets this time.
Outscored 9-4 down the stretch, the Wolves lost 93-91 to the Nuggets, who got 26 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists from reigning MVP Nikola Jokic and some clutch defense from Will Barton and Jokic as time expired
"It's tough,'' said Malik Beasley, who led the Wolves with 18 points off the bench. He hit six of 10 three-pointers, starting to see his shot fall after struggling early this season..
In a game in which both teams at times struggled to make a shot, the Wolves started strong, building a 14-point lead early in the second quarter.