Nuggets Make a Statement with Game 4 Win

Only a few days ago, the Minnesota Timberwolves returned home with a 2-0 lead over the defending champion Denver Nuggets with an opportunity to end the series on their court. Now, the Wolves will fly back to Denver with the series tied 2-2 and appear to be in danger of spiraling.

“I don’t think they got any momentum,” Anthony Edwards said. “We won two games. They won two games. At this point, it’s whoever wins two [more] games. I don’t know how people look at it, but I look at it like I’m happy. I’m ready. It’s competing at the highest level. I’m smiling about it because I’m happy. I’m ready to go play. If we played tomorrow, I’d be ready. It’s going to be fun.”

Minnesota’s star put forth a tremendous effort Sunday night — putting up 44 points, five rebounds and five assists while shooting 16-for-25 from the field — but Karl-Anthony Towns put up a dud. Towns finished with a double-double (13 and 12) but shot 5-for-18 and failed to make a positive impact.

“Things weren’t falling today,” Towns said. “I take responsibility for that. I know I put the work in, so I feel good about the work I put in. It’s shown this playoffs, obviously. It’s unfortunate that on Mother’s Day I have a shooting performance like that. But it’s the way the game goes. It’s not a fun game sometimes.”

For Denver, three-time MVP Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon proved to be too much for Minnesota to handle. Jokic scored 35 points on 15-for-26 from the field and consistently dissected Minnesota’s defense with his passing, while Gordon scored 27 points (11-for-12) and added seven rebounds, six assists and two blocks.

Denver guard Jamal Murray was quick and to the point while saying what the difference has been for his team since losing Games 1 and 2 at home: “Game 2 definitely woke us up,” Murray said. “We realized we can’t hold ourselves back.”

Game 5 is Tuesday night.