Nuggets Use ‘Surgical Execution’ To Win Game 4 Over Timberwolves

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The Denver Nuggets faced a daunting task after losing the first two games of the Western Conference Semifinals at home. However, they refused to back down, and their determination paid off in Game 4, keeping a strong outlook to avoid NBA playoff elimination.

Nikola Jokic led the charge with 35 points, 16 of which came in the fourth quarter, while Aaron Gordon added 27 points on an impressive 11-12 shooting. The Nuggets’ victory over the Timberwolves tied the series at 2-2.

Gordon described the team’s mindset as “laser-sharp focus” and “surgical execution.” Jamal Murray also played a crucial role, scoring 12 of his 19 points in the third quarter. The Nuggets’ momentum carried over from Murray’s buzzer-beating shot in the previous game.

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The Timberwolves struggled to keep up despite Anthony Edwards‘ remarkable performance, scoring 44 points and setting a franchise postseason record. Karl-Anthony Towns had a tough night, shooting just 5-18 from the field, and the team’s rebounding advantage (42-31) wasn’t enough to secure a win.

The series now heads back to Denver for Game 5, and both teams know it won’t be easy. As Edwards said, “This is a series. We won two games, but we didn’t think it was going to be easy.”

Coach Mike Malone praised Aaron Gordon’s selflessness and versatility, saying, “What you love about Aaron Gordon since Day 1… is that it’s always been about the Nuggets first. He is truly selfless.” Gordon’s defense on Towns and Edwards was instrumental in the Nuggets’ win.

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The Timberwolves’ struggles continued despite their league-best defense and depth. The Nuggets’ secondary scorers and bench players stepped up, hitting their jumpers and fueling a 26-4 run that bridged the first and second quarters.

Jokic acknowledged the importance of his teammates’ contributions, saying, “They are doing all the dirty, small things that nobody notices.” The Nuggets’ supporting cast, including Justin Holiday, Christian Braun, and Reggie Jackson, combined to go 8-11 from 3-point range.

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The series has been marked by intense competition and dramatic swings in momentum. As the teams head back to Denver, it’s clear that the series is far from over. The Nuggets and Timberwolves will continue to battle it out, each determined to emerge victorious.

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