Road team wins again as Nuggets knock off Wolves, tie series

May 12, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon (50) works around Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels (3) Sunday in the fourth quarter of game four of the second round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Target Center in Minneapolis. (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports)

Nikola Jokic finished with 35 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as the Denver Nuggets held on for a 115-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series in Minneapolis on Sunday night.

Aaron Gordon scored 27 points on 11-for-12 shooting for Denver, which pulled even at 2-2 in the best-of-seven set. Jamal Murray scored 19 points on 8-for-17 shooting and Christian Braun chipped in 11 points off the bench.


Anthony Edwards led all scorers with 44 points on 16-for-25 shooting for Minnesota. Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 points and 12 rebounds and Rudy Gobert notched 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Denver shot 57 percent (45 of 79) from the field and 44.8 percent (13 of 29) from beyond the arc. Minnesota shot 47.6 percent (39 of 82) overall and 39.3 percent (11 of 28) from 3-point range.

The Timberwolves trailed throughout the second half but went on an 8-2 run to pull within six points in the final minute. Mike Conley capped the burst with a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to 113-107 with 28.3 seconds to go. That prompted a timeout by Denver coach Michael Malone.

Jokic drove in for a layup on the next possession to push the lead to eight points.

Conley missed a 3-pointer on the next possession, and Jokic dribbled the ball as time expired to seal the victory for the Nuggets. The road team has won each game in the series.

Murray gave Denver a 17-point advantage when he made a basket with 1:49 to go in the third quarter, but Reid and Edwards combined to score six points in the final 96 seconds of the quarter to pull the Timberwolves within 11 points going into the fourth quarter.

The sequence included another powerful statement from Edwards, who drove past Murray and leaped over Justin Holiday for an emphatic dunk.

Denver stood strong as the Timberwolves looked to mount a fourth-quarter run. Conley cut Minnesota’s deficit to nine when he made a floating jump shot early in the fourth quarter, but Jokic responded by scoring the next six points.

The Nuggets led 64-49 at the half.

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