The Denver Nuggets showed why they are the Western Conference’s top seed by dominating the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-113 in Game 2 of their first-round series on Wednesday night.
After missing back-to-back postseasons due to an ACL injury, Jamal Murray showcased his worth by dropping a staggering 40 points, leading the Nuggets to a 2-0 lead as the series heads to Minneapolis on Friday. Murray delivered a passionate and heartbreaking performance, and he discussed his emotional journey with TNT after the game.
Nuggets almost blow lead, but Murray and Porter Jr. come up clutch
Despite holding a 21-point lead, the Nuggets almost blew the game in the third quarter, where the Timberwolves outscored them 40-23. Anthony Edwards scored 41 points and was a continuous threat to the Nuggets, particularly in the fourth quarter, when he answered Murray practically every time.
However, a late run fueled by Murray and Michael Porter Jr. kept the Timberwolves at bay and secured the victory for the Nuggets. Nikola Jokic added 27 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists, while Porter Jr. finished with 16 points.
Despite the fact that the Nuggets are definitely the favorites, the Timberwolves shown that they will not go down without a fight. Minnesota’s strong third-quarter performance proved that they can make things happen, and the Nuggets will have to be mindful of that in Game 3.
The Nuggets will be hoping to continue their momentum and clinch the series in Minnesota, while the Timberwolves will be looking to bounce back and take advantage of their home court advantage.
Will the Timberwolves be able to come back into the series?
Jamal Murray’s remarkable performance was the highlight of the Nuggets’ win in Game 2. The Timberwolves showed resilience and made things interesting in the third quarter, but the Nuggets’ late-game surge secured the victory. With the series now heading to Minnesota, the Nuggets will look to continue their dominance, while the Timberwolves will be hoping to turn things around on their homecourt.