The Minnesota Timberwolves continue their struggle at home this season falling to the visiting Denver Nuggets, 112-100 Tuesday night.
The suddenly surging Nuggets improved to 11-14 for the season and now among the top eight teams in the Western Conference standings. Denver has won three straight and six of their last seven outings.
Kenneth Faried posted a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds while veteran point guard Randy Foye matched his scoring with 19 off the bench on an efficient 7-of-9 field goals including 5 three-pointers. A total of six players scored in double-figures for the Nuggets including Danilo Gallinari (15 points and 5 assists) and Will Barton (14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assist).
The Nuggets built their lead early in a high-scoring first half, 63-49 and the Timberwolves never seriously threatened after the halftime break. Denver shot well from the field, making 41-of-73 shots overall (56.2 percent) and 10-of-18 from behind the arc (55.6 percent).
Minnesota, which has lost three in a row and seven of the last eight games, was led by Andrew Wiggins’ 23 points and reserve guard Zach LaVine’s 20 points. Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 2 blocked shots while Ricky Rubio had 13 points and 9 assists.
The Nuggets have a good chance to extend their current good run when they face the Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers in their next three games. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves will try to get out of their current struggle when they take on the New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets in their next three outings.