The Timberwolves used a late run to beat the Nuggets 112-104 at Pepsi Center Wednesday night

Posted: 10:41 PM, Dec 20, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-21 05:41:33Z

DENVER --  Karl-Anthony Towns  had 25 points and 10 rebounds,  Jimmy Butler  also scored 25 and the  Minnesota Timberwolves  beat the  Denver Nuggets  112-104 on Wednesday night.

Jamal Crawford  added 20 points and seven assists off the bench for the Timberwolves, who rallied from 14 down to end Denver's eight-game home winning streak.

The Nuggets were without leading scorer  Gary Harris  and backup point guard  Emmanuel Mudiay , forcing coach Michael Malone to use his 13th different starting lineup. Malone went with a bigger group and started  Nikola Jokic  and  Mason Plumlee  together for the first time this season.

It worked for most of the game, but the Nuggets faltered after taking an 80-66 lead late in the third quarter.

Jamal Murray  led Denver with 30 points. Plumlee added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Jokic had 22 points, six rebounds and 10 turnovers.

Butler started slowly two nights after scoring 37 points and hitting 11 of 12 free throws against Portland. He scored 11 points in the fourth, including nine in a row to carry Minnesota to the win.

Towns scored the first 11 points for Minnesota. The Timberwolves used a 19-4 run in the third and fourth to go up by one.

Crawford sparked an 11-2 spurt midway through the fourth to give the Timberwolves a 102-95 lead.


Timberwolves:  Jeff Teague  had 16 points and eight assists. ... Minnesota had nine turnovers, one fewer than Jokic had on his own. ... F  Nemanja Bjelica , out since Nov. 22 with a sprained left midfoot, was going through drills before the game and shooting 3-pointers from long range. He is close to returning but missed his 14th straight game.

Nuggets: Harris was injured on a hard fall at Oklahoma City on Monday. He is averaging 16.1 points per game. ... Mudiay missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle. He is day to day. ... G  Monte Morris  was recalled from Rio Grande of the G-League. With  Tyler Lydon  and  Torrey Craig  also up, all of Denver's G-League players are with the team. ... Denver Broncos LB Von Miller sat courtside. He autographed a football and threw it into the stands in the third quarter.


Timberwolves: Play at Phoenix on Saturday night.

Nuggets: Travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers on Friday night.