The Timberwolves hit 23 treys, ending the Nuggets’ 12-game winning streak

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jarred Vanderbilt (8) and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) hit a rebound in the first quarter on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 at the Ball Arena in Denver.

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Anthony Edwards scored 38 points and made 10 of 14 3-point attempts, Karl-Anthony Towns scored 32 points, and the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Denver Nuggets 124-107 on Wednesday night.

D’Angelo Russell had 16 points and Patrick Beverley scored 11 for Minnesota, which ended a 12-game skid against Denver by going 23-for-48 from 3-point range.

Nikola Jokic had 27 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his sixth triple-double of the season, Monte Morris scored 15, Zeke Nnaji added 13 and Jeff Green scored 10 for the Nuggets. Markus Howard was 14 before leaving with a left knee injury.

The Timberwolves made their first five shots and eight of their first 10 attempts of the game to take a 20-9 lead. A 10-2 run made it 31-15 with 4:01 left in the first, but Denver rallied to go 40-32 late in the first.

Nnaji opened the second with a layup but Minnesota responded with a 13-3 run to lead 53-37. Will Barton’s layup made it 57-47 but the Timberwolves scored the next 10 points to lead by 20.

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Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton (5) drives past Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) in the first quarter Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 at the Ball Arena in Denver.

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The Nuggets went 75-61 at halftime.

Denver went 83-72 early in the third quarter, but Minnesota continued to shoot well.

Towns converted a three-point play, hit a 3-pointer and drained two free throws and Edwards scored on a finger roll and another from behind the arc to push back the lead to 98-76. Edwards’ seventh 3-pointer of the night gave the Timberwolves a 23-point lead.

Three free throws from Green got the Nuggets back into the 20 before the fourth. Howard hit a 3-pointer to open the fourth. Howard limped off the field with help after Jaden McDaniels curled his left leg as they went for a loose ball with 9:23 left.

Minnesota cooled considerably in the fourth, missing its first 11 shots of the period while Denver missed all 12 with 5:45 left. Towns ended the drought with a 20-foot jumper with 5:32 to go. Edwards hit a layup and two more 3-pointers, and the Timberwolves closed it.