Timberwolves vs. Nuggets final score, results: Minnesota completes historic comeback for Game 7 victory

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The Timberwolves have ended the Nuggets’ title defense in historic fashion.

Despite trailing by as many as 20 points in the first half, Minnesota found a way to claw back to earn an eight-point lead and advance to the Western Conference Finals for the second time in franchise history.

Prior to tonight, no team had ever come back from a halftime deficit of more than 12 points to win a Game 7. The Wolves, who trailed by 15 at the half, outscored the Nuggets 60-37 in the second half.

It was a rough night for Anthony Edwards, but the Wolves’ 22-year-old All-Star finished with 16 points on 6-of-24 shooting with some big moments during Minnesota’s comeback. No players were bigger than Jaden McDaniels, who scored 23 points, and Sixth Man of the Year Naz Reid, who scored 11 points off the bench.

Jamal Murray (35 points) and Nikola Jokic (34 points) led Denver’s offensive efforts as no other Nuggets players finished in double figures. Denver’s inability to get anything done outside of its two stars proved to be its downfall.

The Sporting News tracked updates from Game 7 between The Timberwolves and Nuggets.

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Timberwolves vs. Nuggets score

  1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final
Timberwolves 19 19 28 32 98
Nuggets 24 29 14 23 90

Timberwolves vs. Nuggets updates, results, highlights from Game 7 in 2024 NBA Playoffs

(All times Eastern.)

Final: Timberwolves 98, Nuggets 90

10:28 p.m.: The Timberwolves are going to do this.

A putback dunk from Karl-Anthony Towns puts Minnesota up by seven points with under a minute remaining, and the Wolves step to the line and split a pair of free throws to end Denver’s title defense.

Timberwolves 96, Nuggets 90

10:24 p.m.: Rudy Gobert has fouled out with 2:05 remaining and in comes Karl-Anthony Towns, who has five fouls.

Nikola Jokic sinks two free throws to cut the deficit to eight points but time is running out.

Timberwolves 92, Nuggets 84

10:19 p.m.: And the Timberwolves have a double-digit lead.

Naz Reid has stepped up in a major way and Anthony Edwards has drained a 3-pointer to give Minnesota a 10-point lead with 3:05 remaining in regulation. There is plenty of time remaining but this is a 30-point turnaround from the Wolves’ early 20-point deficit.

Timberwolves 92, Nuggets 82

10:11 p.m.: Just over five minutes remain in regulation and the Timberwolves lead by five points.

This one looks like it will come down to the wire. Something to monitor is the foul situation of Minnesota’s front court. Karl Anthony-Towns has five fouls and Rudy Gobert has four.

Timberwolves 85, Nuggets 80.

10:01 p.m.: Now things are going back and forth in the Mile High City.

After two free throws from Rudy Gobert gave Minnesota a five-point advantage, Nikola Jokic hit a huge 3 to cut the deficit back to two.

The Wolves lead by two points with under eight minutes to go.

Timberwolves 77, Nuggets 75

9:55 p.m.: 12 seconds into the fourth frame, Rudy Gobert gives Minnesota the lead with a finish through contact, but he can’t get the free throw to go.

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Timberwolves 68, Nuggets 67

End of third quarter: Nuggets 67, Timberwolves 66

9:51 p.m.: The Timberwolves close the third quarter on a 28-9 run to cut the deficit to one ahead of the fourth quarter.

We’ve got a good one on our hands, folks.

Anthony Edwards may have found his groove as he drained a triple in the final seconds of the third quarter. Edwards has 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting but that goes out the window as he has one quarter to add to the legend he’s already built during these playoffs.

Denver’s offense stagnated in the third quarter as it scored just 14 points. Nikola Jokic is up to 20 points, 17 rebounds and five assists while Jamal Murray’s got 29 points, three assists and a rebound. No other Nuggets player has more than five points.

12 minutes could decide who advances to the Western Conference Finals, though this game could go even further.

9:44 p.m.: Minnesota is chipping away.

Despite trailing by as many as 20 points, the Timberwolves are now within four points after a Nikola Jokic turnover led to a breakaway dunk for the struggling Anthony Edwards.

Edwards has eight points on 3-of-13 shooting while Denver has missed 10 of its last 11 shots.

Timeout on the floor with just over three minutes left in the quarter.

Nuggets 61, Timberwolves 57

9:34 p.m.: The Nuggets are keeping some distance from the Timberwolves but Minnesota is trying to claw its way back into the game.

In what should be a welcomed sight for Wolves fans, Anthony Edwards gets a field goal to go to cut the deficit to 12. Edwards has been thrown off of his rhythm in this one and has just six points on 2-of-10 shooting.

For Denver, Jamal Murray is up to 29 points on 50.0 percent shooting in 26 minutes of action. Timeout with 7:24 remaining in the third.

Nuggets 59, Timberwolves 47

Halftime: Nuggets 53, Timberwolves 38

9:06 p.m.: Denver used a crucial swing at the end of the half to take a 15-point lead into the locker room.

The Nuggets’ first-half efforts have been fueled by Jamal Murray, who’s got 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting, and Nikola Jokic, who has 13 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.

Denver’s stars are showing up in a major way and its defense has stifled Minnesota.

Anthony Edwards has four points on 1-of-7 shooting and as a team, the Timberwolves are shooting 12 of 38 (31.6 percent) from the field. Karl-Anthony Towns has been the offense’s brightest spot with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

No team has come back from a halftime deficit of 15-plus points in Game 7. Minnesota will be going against history and Denver in the second half.

8:59 p.m.: The Timberwolves are trying to hang around before the game reaches halftime.

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Karl-Anthony Towns scores five straight points to cut the deficit to 10 points with just over two minutes left in the half. Towns has a team-high 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

Minnesota will need much more from its prolific big man to get back into the game.

Nuggets 48, Timberwolves 38

8:50 p.m.: Denver has an answer for every Minnesota response.

After the Timberwolves cut the deficit to five points, the Nuggets scored six straight to get their lead back to double-digits. An and-one jumper from Jamal Murray puts Denver up by 11 and the free throw gives him a game-high 22 points in the first half,

Nuggets 41, Timberwolves 29

8:36 p.m.: The Nuggets have picked up right where they left off to open the second frame.

Denver’s lead is up to double digits after a quick 6-0 run through the first 2:10 of the quarter. The Wolves now face an 11-point deficit and call for a timeout before this game gets away from them.

Nuggets 30, Timberwolves 19

End of first quarter: Nuggets 24, Timberwolves 19

8:29 p.m.: Jamal Murray has come alive.

Murray’s up to a game-high 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. No other player in the game has more than six points.

Nikola Jokic is on early triple-double watch with six points, five rebounds and four assists after one. Anthony Edwards is 1 of 5 from the field and scored just two points in the first.

With Murray getting hot to close the quarter, Denver closed the quarter on a 19-7 run to take a five-point into the second frame. This game already feels like the heavyweight battle it was projected to be.

How will the Wolves respond?

8:23 p.m.: The defensive battle continues but Denver has responded to Minnesota’s first blow.

A turnaround jumper from Jamal Murray gives him seven early points and cuts the Nuggets deficit to one point. Murray and Jokic (six points) have all but three of Denver’s points.

Jaden McDaniels leads the way for the Wolves with five points early on. Anthony Edwards has just two points but is already up to three assists.

Each team is now shooting 7 of 19 (36.8 percent) from the field.

Timberwolves 17, Nuggets 16

8:14 p.m.: The Timberwolves are out to a solid start here in Game 7.

After a Jaden McDaniels and-one finish, Minnesota leads by four points as the first quarter approaches its midway point. McDaniels can extend the lead with a free throw after a timeout.

This one has been all about defenses so far. The Timberwolves and Nuggets are shooting a combined 4 of 24 (16.7 percent) from the field and scoring has been at a premium.

Timberwolves 9, Nuggets 5

Pregame

7:40 p.m.: The starters are in for Minnesota: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert.

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The Wolves go with the same five for Game 7. This doubles as confirmation that Conley is good to go.

7:20 p.m.: No surprises here. Nuggets guard Jamal Murray has officially been ruled active for Game 7.

6:45 p.m.: The MVP has arrived to his office and looks ready to work.

6:30 p.m.: Tonight’s injury report isn’t clear but all signs indicate that every impactful player will suit up.

Mike Conley (right calf) and Jamal Murray (left calf) are listed as questionable but both are expected to give it a go in this decisive Game 7.

Timberwolves vs. Nuggets start time

  • Date: Sunday, May 19
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET

Timberwolves vs. Nuggets will tip off around 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 19. The game will be played at Ball Arena in Denver.

How to watch Timberwolves vs. Nuggets

  • TV channel: TNT
  • Live stream: Sling

Timberwolves vs. Nuggets will air on TNT in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada. U.S. viewers can also stream the game on Sling.

Sling is the home for sports fans, offering various channels. You can always cheer for your favorite teams on channels like ESPN, TBS, TNT, NFL Network, FS1, and more.

Timberwolves vs. Nuggets odds for Game 7

Here are the latest Timberwolves-Nuggets odds for Game 7, courtesy of BetMGM, an authorized gaming operator of the NBA.

Denver is favored by 4.5 points and is -200 against the moneyline. A -200 moneyline means a $100 bet would pay out $150.

Series tied 3-3 Timberwolves Nuggets
Spread +4.5. (-110) -4.5 (-110)
Moneyline +165 -200
O/U total O 199.5 (-110) U 199.5 (-110)

Check out BetMGM to see the latest NBA Playoffs odds for every series including updated odds to win the NBA Finals,

Timberwolves vs. Nuggets schedule, scores, results

Game Date Site Time (ET) TV Channel/Result
1 Sat., May 4 at Denver FINAL Timberwolves 106, Nuggets 99
2 Mon., May 6 at Denver FINAL Timberwolves 106, Nuggets 80
3 Fri., May 10 at Minnesota FINAL Nuggets 117, Timberwolves 90
4 Sun., May 12 at Minnesota FINAL Nuggets 115, Timberwolves 107
5 Tue., May 14 at Denver FINAL Nuggets 112, Timberwolves 97
6 Thu., May 16 at Minnesota FINAL Timberwolves 115, Nuggets 70
7 Sun., May 19 at Denver 8 p.m. TNT, Sling

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