Timberwolves fall to Nuggets 115-113 despite last-ditch effort
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The Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Denver Nuggets 115-113 Saturday night at the Pepsi Center.
It was the fourth game in five nights -- all on the road -- for the Wolves, and to make matters worse, they were short-handed on short notice.
Darko Milicic and Nikola Pekovic both left Friday night's loss to the Portland Trailblazers with sprained ankles and were ruled inactive. Neither injury is believed to be serious and both are officially day-to-day, according to the Wolves.
Still, the Wolves seemingly cannot catch a break on the injury front. With Anthony Tolliver also out, they were left with just one healthy center Saturday, a month after going through a stretch with only one healthy point guard.
Despite everything against them, the Wolves put in a full four-quarter effort and almost stole one in the end. Down nine late in the fourth quarter, the Wolves refused to quit and went on a 7-0 run.
Kosta Koufos got his first start as a Wolf -- and his first as a pro since December 2008 -- and added four points and 10 rebounds, his second consecutive game with double-digit rebounds.
Kevin Love might have solidified his All-Star resume, putting up 43 points -- a new career high -- and 17 rebounds, good for his league-leading 23rd double-double.
Michael Beasley shook off a cold first half to put up 17 of his own.
Carmelo Anthony, the Nuggets' disgruntled superstar, scored 24 points and had seven rebounds.
The horrendous road form continues for the Wolves, losing their 10th straight away from Target Center and they've lost 27 of the last 28 dating back to last season.
Thankfully for the Wolves, nine of their next 13 games will be played at home.
The Wolves will look to salvage a win in the last game of their current five game West Coast road swing Monday when they travel to the Los Angeles to take on the Clippers.
From there the Wolves finally come home to take on Al Jefferson and the Utah Jazz Wednesday -- Jefferson's first visit to the Target Center since he was traded over the summer.