Minnesota Timberwolves Shock Denver Nuggets to Advance in 2023-2024 NBA Season

The 2023-2024 NBA season will have a new champion. Los Denver Nuggets They seemed to have the seventh game against Minnesota under control, with lead of 15 at halftime and 20 in the third quarterbut with enormous defensive work, The Timberwolves came back and took the victory by 97 a 90.

Minnesota advances to the Conference Finals, where the Dallas Mavericks were already waiting. It is worth remembering that this is just the second occasion in which the Wolves They will be in the definition of the West. The previous one was in 2004hand in hand with Kevin Garnettwhen they fell in that series against the Lakers by 4 to 2.

Against Dallas, the Timberwolves will be looking for their first NBA Finals, at the beginning of an era that, led by another outstanding player like Anthony Edwardspromises enormous joys.

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The largest halftime deficit recovered in a Game 7 was just 11 points. The 1975 Golden State Warriors reversed it, transforming a 36-47 deficit against Chicago at halftime to a final 83-79. The significant fact is that Golden State did not lose again that season: it advanced to the Finals and there it swept Washington 4-0.

In this case, Minnesota trailed 53-38 at halftime and won the second half 59-37, leaving with a historic victory.

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What changed in the second half? To start, the Timberwolves managed put out a Jamal Murray who came with a hot hand: The Nuggets point guard already had 29 points at the start of the third quarter and scored just 6 points in the rest of the game.

Without Murray as a factor, Denver was left too dependent on what Nikola Jokic didwho, beyond finishing with 34 points, was forced to push too hard with his three-point shot: 2 of 10 from the perimeter.

The rest were completely conspicuous by their absence: no one else scored above 7 points against the homeowner.

In turn, the visitor began to score some of the shots that had been missing at the start of the game. Including conversions with the rope around the neck by Rudy Gobert y Mike Conley, putbacks decisive of Naz Reid y Karl-Anthony Towns -leading scorer with 23 points-, plus some masterful touches of Anthony Edwards.

The Timberwolves achieved what many thought was out of their reach: dethrone the champion. With a lot of personal merit and to a small extent, also the responsibility of the Nuggets themselves. Malone’s team was never able to replicate last season’s deep rotation, where players like Bruce Brown and Jeff Green knew how to play important roles on the road to the title.

2024-05-20 02:45:37
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