DENVER (AP) — Kenneth Faried had a career-high 25 rebounds to go along with 26 points, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-102 on Friday night.
Wilson Chandler scored 21 points for the Nuggets, who had lost two in a row. Ty Lawson finished with 16 points and 11 assists.
Faried tied the NBA’s highest rebounding total this season. Mavericks center Tyson Chandler also had 25 rebounds in a 109-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Nov. 26.
It was Faried’s best game since he had 22 points and 17 rebounds in a victory over Detroit on opening night.
Thaddeus Young led Minnesota with 23 points. Rookie guard Andrew Wiggins had 22 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost seven straight and 13 of 14.
Minnesota opened the fourth quarter by outscoring Denver 14-5 to take an 88-84 lead. It went up by five on a free throw by Robbie Hummel with 5:32 remaining when the Nuggets rallied.
Chandler made a running jumper and Faried had a tip-in to spark an 8-0 run that gave the Nuggets a 94-91 lead.
The Timberwolves tied it at 98 on a layup by Young with 1:49 left, but Lawson scored and fed Mozgov for a dunk to make it 102-100.
A free throw by Gorgui Dieng cut the lead in half with 18.7 seconds left but Arron Afflalo sank two free throws to make it 104-101.
Chase Budinger stepped out of bounds after a timeout, and Afflalo and Chandler each hit a free throw to close it out.
The Nuggets led by 10 after Timofey Mozgov’s dunk midway through the third quarter. But Wiggins hit a runner in the lane and a 3-pointer to help Minnesota close to 70-66.
Lawson, who was quiet in the first half, then hit a couple of jump shots as Denver pushed the lead back to eight in the final two minutes of the period.
Denver led 79-74 after three.
Timberwolves: Guard Ricky Rubio missed his 23rd straight game with a sprained left ankle but has begun basketball activities. “He did five-on-zero today, so it was the first day that he was actually able to go up and down the court,” coach Flip Saunders said. … Saunders also said that center Nikola Pekovic (sore right foot, sprained right wrist) has begun working out but is not close to returning.
Nuggets: Mozgov had 11 points and 14 rebounds. … Forward Danilo Gallinari is expected to miss about a month after undergoing surgery to repair torn meniscus in his right knee. He missed all of last season recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee. … Darrell Arthur was active after missing four games with a lower left leg strain.
Timberwolves: Visit Golden State on Saturday.
Nuggets: Host Toronto on Sunday.
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