Nuggets take down Timberwolves

DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half, Mason Plumlee dished out eight of Denver’s season-high 40 assists and the Nuggets cruised to a 133-107 victory over the banged-up Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

Called out by coach Michael Malone after a lackadaisical performance at Golden State last week, the Nuggets starting unit responded by playing with more intensity.

Paul Millsap finished with 23 points, including a buzzer-beater from half-court to end the third quarter.

Nikola Jokic added 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help Denver snap a two-game slide at Pepsi Center.

The Nuggets are hanging on to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 10 rebounds to pace a Timberwolves team that’s fading from playoff contention.

Towns did a little bit of everything to keep the Timberwolves close until Denver pulled away in the third quarter.

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