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Timberwolves vs. Nuggets – NBA Game Recap – January 18, 2023

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DENVER — — Jamal Murray hit a go-ahead floater with 55.9 seconds remaining, Nikola Jokic broke Denver’s record for assists on the method to his 14th triple-double of the season, and the Nuggets rallied for a 122-118 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Jokic finished with 31 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as he navigated foul trouble. The 2-time reigning NBA MVP passed Alex English for probably the most assists in team history. Jokic has 3,686 profession assists in 568 games — English recorded 3,679 over 837 games in a Denver uniform.

Jokic’s teammates made sure to understand the achievement.

“We clapped slightly bit,” said Murray, who finished with 28 points. “That’s a whole lot of passes. That’s pretty impressive.”

English thought so, too.

“I knew that eventually my all time assist record could be broken. I’m honored to see that it’s 2 time, I mean 3 time MVP of the NBA do it. Congrats big fella,” English posted on his Twitter account.

Never one to dwell an excessive amount of on individual accolades, Jokic said he appreciated this particular mark.

“When you’ve a whole lot of assists, it just shows that you simply’re team player,” said Jokic, whose teammates plan to sign the ball for him. “That’s something I need to be. I need everybody to recollect me as a man who was a extremely good team player.”

Murray took over down the stretch to assist the Western Conference-leading Nuggets win their fifteenth straight at home.

The Nuggets trailed 118-115 when Murray hit a 3-pointer with 2:05 remaining to tie the sport. Then, he nailed a driving floater to offer Denver a lead it didn’t relinquish.

Bruce Brown finished with 16 points for a Denver team playing the second game of a back-to-back. Nuggets coach Michael Malone remained within the NBA’s health and safety protocol for a second straight game. David Adelman filled in as acting head coach.

“Winning ugly. Winning pretty. Who cares?” Adelman said. “Good team win.”

Adelman compared the mixture of Murray and Jokic to a modern-day version of John Stockton and Karl Malone. Given the best way Jokic passes, though, it’s hard to say who would represent who.

“I don’t think Stockton can rating like me,” Murray cracked. “I feel we’re very unique, because they struggle to protect us in so many alternative ways.”

Jaden McDaniels led seven Minnesota players in double figures with 18 points. The Timberwolves led by 10 early within the second half.

“I’m mad. I’m mad as hell we lost because I played bad,” said Anthony Edwards, who was 7 of 17 from the ground, including 0 for 4 from 3-point range, and finished with 16 points. “I could have helped us, obviously.”

It was an eventful first quarter for Jokic, who had a basket taken away on review (shot-clock violation) and an offensive foul rescinded courtesy of a challenge. He still had 13 points within the period and five assists, including a full-length pass to Brown for a dunk.

“He has a John Stockton sort of mind in a 7-foot body,” Adelman said.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: F Kyle Anderson finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. … C Naz Reid had 17 points as he began with Rudy Gobert sidelined by a sore groin. … G Austin Rivers (bruised knee) was inactive.

Nuggets: F Jeff Green (broken hand) has began playing 1-on-1 and is “trending the fitting way,” Adelman said. … Aaron Gordon added 12 points.

FAMILY CIRCLE

Nuggets veteran guard Ish Smith played for coach Rick Adelman when he was a rookie with Houston in 2010.

Now, he’s a reserve on the bench for Adelman’s son.

“Small world,” Smith cracked. “I at all times tell (David), ‘You’ll be a head coach soon.’ That is an amazing audition for him. Guys are playing hard.”

EASY GOING

Timberwolves coach Chris Finch appreciates the easygoing demeanor of Tim Connelly, the president of basketball operations for the Timberwolves. Connelly had the same role with Denver — and helped construct the team to where it’s today — before leaving last spring.

“He’s at all times telling me to have a good time, which is straightforward but hard to sometimes maintain,” Finch said. “He’s at all times really positive.”

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Host Toronto on Thursday night.

Nuggets: Host Indiana on Friday night.

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