Murray, Porter Jr. and Jokic shine; Nuggets increase lead against Minnesota

Jamal Murray produced 40 points and Michael Porter Jr. added 16, including 13 in the fourth quarter for the Denver Nuggets, who beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-113 on Wednesday night to increase their lead to 2-0 in the game. the playoff series.

It’s the first time Murray has put together a 30-plus point performance in a postseason game at Ball Arena — both of his 50-point nights came in the NBA bubble in Florida in 2020.

“Okay,” Murray said. “It’s good to have an audience. They encouraged me. That ignites us and gives us a lot of life even when we are not playing at our best level”.

Murray received a hug from his coach, Michael Malone, as he sat on the bench with 11 seconds remaining to a thunderous ovation.

“I was exhausted,” acknowledged the point guard.

Nikola Jokic had 27 points, nine assists and nine rebounds for Denver, which blew an early 21-point lead and entered the fourth quarter leading 89-87.

Anthony Edwards had 41 points, in a duel in which the Wolves made 81 of their shots in the third quarter to erase the deficit of 64-59 with which they left at halftime.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota.

Minnesota had made just 39% of its shots in the first half. That ERA was only slightly better than Sunday’s in the series opener, a 29-point loss.

“We knew that at some point we would see the Timberwolves aggressive, attacking,” Malone said. “In that third quarter we saw them, they played very well and we didn’t defend in the third quarter, but I’m proud of how we responded in the last quarter.”

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The series moves to Minneapolis for Game 3, to be played on Friday night.

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