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Denver Nuggets Dominate Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 3 Showdown



Anthony Edwards (5) of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts to fouling Jamal Murray (27) of the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday, May 10, 2024.

Jamal Murray Bounces Back Strong, Leads Denver Nuggets to 117-90 Victory over Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 3 of Western Conference Semifinals.

After a challenging start to the Western Conference semifinals, Jamal Murray regained his form. By scoring an impressive 24 points to guide the Denver Nuggets to a commanding 117-90 win in Game 3.

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The victory not only secured the Nuggets’ dominance but also handed the Minnesota Timberwolves. Their first loss of this postseason, making them the last team in the NBA to face defeat. Murray’s stellar performance was instrumental in the Nuggets’ convincing triumph, highlighting his resilience and determination on the court.


In a stellar display, Nikola Jokic, the three-time league MVP, showcased his dominance with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists, leading the charge for the Denver Nuggets. Alongside him, Michael Porter Jr. contributed significantly with 21 points, bolstering the Nuggets’ offensive prowess. Their impressive performance helped the Nuggets narrow the series gap to 2-1 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

A notable aspect of their victory was their sharpshooting from beyond the arc, hitting 14 out of 29 attempts from 3-point range. This pivotal win underscores the Nuggets’ resilience and sets the stage for an intense battle as the series progresses.

In a subdued performance, Anthony Edwards led the Minnesota Timberwolves with 19 points, despite their struggles against the Denver Nuggets. Despite Karl-Anthony Towns’ commendable 4-for-5 shooting effort from beyond the arc. The Timberwolves managed to convert only 10 out of 32 attempts from deep. They faced challenges in getting Towns involved offensively, as he contributed 14 points but didn’t receive enough scoring opportunities.

Anthony Edwards (5) of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts to fouling Jamal Murray (27) of the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday, May 10, 2024.
Anthony Edwards (5) of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts to fouling Jamal Murray (27) of the Denver Nuggets. During the second quarter at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday, May 10, 2024.

Additionally, the Timberwolves encountered difficulties with turnovers, particularly in their aggressive drives to the basket, leading to missed opportunities. Compared to their previous matchups in Denver, the Timberwolves exhibited a slower pace of play. Which allowing the Nuggets to build a significant lead, stretching as far as 34 points in the latter stages of the game.

Game 4 is set to take place in Minneapolis on Sunday night, marking a crucial juncture in the series between the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Notably, the Nuggets joined a select group in NBA playoff history. Becoming the 30th team to lose the first two games of a best-of-seven series at home, as per Sport radar research. However, history offers a glimmer of hope, as five teams have managed to overcome this deficit and emerge victorious. With the Los Angeles Clippers achieving this feat most recently in the first round of the 2021 playoffs.

For Denver, Game 3 proved to be a significant turning point, providing the much needed momentum boost. They surpassed the 100-point mark for the first time in three games against the formidable defense of the Minnesota Timberwolves. By signaling a positive shift in their offensive performance. This breakthrough underscores Denver’s resilience and determination to bounce back in the series.

In Game 3, Jamal Murray faced a tough crowd in Minneapolis as he took the court for the Denver Nuggets against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Murray’s performance in the first two games had been lackluster, with just 25 points scored on 9-for-32 shooting. As coupled with a disappointing minus-38 rating.

Adding to his woes, Murray was fined $100,000 by the NBA for tossing a heat pack onto the floor from the bench. As a result, he was met with resounding boos from the crowd every time he touched the ball.


However, Murray remained unfazed by the hostile atmosphere, maintaining a stoic demeanor throughout the game. Despite the pressure, he displayed a renewed energy and determination. Likely benefiting from three days of rest to nurse a strained left calf muscle that had been bothering him in recent weeks.

Murray showcased his offensive prowess with a mix of spot-up jumpers and fadeaways, leading the Nuggets’ attack with precision and skill. His improved performance was evident, with Murray seemingly having more spring in his step compared to previous outings. Despite the adversity he faced, Murray’s resilience shone through as he played a pivotal role in guiding the Nuggets to victory.

The defending champions came into Game 3 with a renewed sense of energy. Which determined to make up for their lackluster performance in the previous game on their home court. They delivered on their promise, bringing the intensity from the opening tip-off.

Not only did they showcase the promised energy, but they also found their rhythm on offense. By hitting crucial shots to keep the Minnesota Timberwolves on their toes. This offensive prowess forced the Timberwolves to stay honest with their defensive rotations. Which is unable to gamble as freely due to the threat posed by the champions’ scoring ability.


As the game progressed, the officiating became tighter, with more fouls being called on both teams. This change in the whistle affected the Timberwolves’ defensive ace, Jaden McDaniels, who found himself in foul trouble. With one of their key defenders limited, the Timberwolves faced additional challenges in containing the champions’ offense. Despite their efforts, they struggled to maintain their defensive intensity and were ultimately unable to prevent the champions from seizing control of the game.

The significance of Game 3 at Target Center couldn’t be overstated, marking the most meaningful matchup in over two decades. Not since Minnesota’s victory over Sacramento in Game 7 to advance to the conference finals had the arena witnessed such an important game.

The atmosphere at Target Center was electric, reflecting the magnitude of the occasion. For a fan base that has endured years of disappointment and setbacks. This game held particular significance, offering a glimmer of hope and excitement rarely experienced.

The raucous atmosphere inside the arena perfectly matched the momentousness of the game. Fans, who had endured years of frustration, poured their passion and energy into the arena, creating an electrifying ambiance.


The chants of “Wolves in four!” a bold declaration of confidence from some visiting supporters. During the Timberwolves’ stunning victory in Game 2 echoed through the arena just before the opening tip off, adding to the tension and anticipation surrounding the matchup. The scene was a testament to the unwavering dedication and resilience of the Timberwolves’ fan base. Who had eagerly awaited a moment like this for years.

The Denver Nuggets asserted their dominance early in Game 3, managing to control the raucous atmosphere at Target Center. By the end of the first quarter, they had established a commanding 28-20 lead, marking their largest lead of the series thus far.

However, the Nuggets didn’t settle with this lead; they continued to push forward, extending their advantage further. By late in the second quarter, they had built a substantial 20-point lead, showcasing their offensive prowess and defensive resilience.

Despite the Minnesota Timberwolves welcoming back NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert. Who had missed Game 2 due to the birth of his son, the Nuggets remained unfazed. Their ball movement outside the paint was exceptional, rendering Gobert’s long arms largely ineffective.


Despite Gobert’s reputation as a defensive stalwart, the Nuggets’ adept passing and offensive execution. Which allowed them to penetrate the Timberwolves’ defense and maintain control of the game. Gobert’s return failed to have the intended impact for the Timberwolves. As the Nuggets continued to dictate the tempo and flow of the game with their impressive offensive display.

In a pivotal moment midway through the third quarter, Aaron Gordon ignited the Denver Nuggets’ offense by sinking back-to-back 3-pointers. Which followed by another from Michael Porter Jr. on the subsequent possession. This flurry of long range shots extended the Nuggets’ lead to 72-50. Which effectively halting yet another attempted comeback by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

As the game progressed into the early stages of the fourth quarter, a sense of frustration began to permeate the arena, evident as fans started to leave their seats. The Timberwolves’ reserves, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kyle Anderson, vented their frustration with the officiating during a timeout with 5:54 remaining, resulting in both players receiving technical fouls for arguing with the officials.

The accumulation of calls against the Timberwolves throughout the game seemed to reach a boiling point, leading to dissent from the players on the bench. This sequence further compounded the challenges faced by the Timberwolves as they struggled to mount a comeback against the surging Nuggets.