Nikola Jokic’s putback dagger lifts Nuggets into tie with Timberwolves for 8th in West (video)


Denver’s 100-96 win over the Timberwolves on Thursday wasn’t always pretty, but the victory matters far more than the quality of play to the Nuggets. They are now tied with Minnesota for eighth in the Western Conference at 44-35.

These teams meet again Wednesday, the last day of the regular season. First, Denver plays the Clippers and Trail Blazers. The Timberwolves play the Lakers and Grizzlies.

Nikola Jokic increased the likelihood of a high-stakes finale with his putback in the final seconds Thursday. That play illustrated Denver’s determination down the stretch.

Nuggets in final six minutes:

  • First-chance points: 5
  • Second-chance points: 10