Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
A big first-half deficit was erased as the Nuggets spoiled Kevin Love's season debut for Minnesota.
Despite managing just 15 points in the first quarter and trailing by double digits into the third quarter, the Nuggets steadily chipped away at Minnesota's lead in the second half. A three-pointer by Iguodala brought Denver within two points with 7:30 left in the third quarter, and a dunk by JaVale McGee gave the Nuggets the lead five minutes later. Both teams traded the lead through the fourth quarter, but a Ty Lawson three-pointer with less than four minutes left broke an 87-87 tie and gave Denver a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Along with his 18 points, Iguodala chipped in nine rebounds and three three-pointers. Danilo Gallinari led Denver with 19 points, and Lawson added 18 points and nine assists. Good outside shooting saved the Nuggets, as they made 42 percent of their three-point attempts.
In his first game of the season, Kevin Love led all scorers with 34 points and 14 rebounds on 12-of-25 shooting, but also missed six free throws. As a team, the Timberwolves hit just 16 of their 25 free-throw attempts. Love also got little help from his teammates, with only J.J. Barea (12 points) and Nikola Pekovic (10 points) breaking the double-digit mark.
Denver's next game will be Friday night against Golden State, with tip-off at 9:00 p.m. EST.