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.