Andrew Wiggins drops 40 as Timberwolves pull away late to take down Nuggets
After scoring 41 in a loss, Andrew Wiggins dropped 40 in leading the Timberwolves to a win over the Nuggets. AP

ANDREW Wiggins caught fire with his second consecutive 40-point outing to lead Minnesota Timberwolves in pulling away late over the Denver Nuggets, 112-99, at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).

After dropping 41 in a loss to Cleveland, Wiggins made sure his 40-point night did not go to waste against the Nuggets as he scored 35 of his 40 points in the first three quarters to keep Minnesota on top in a tight battle with Denver heading into the fourth.

In the final period, Wiggins also had some crucial baskets and assists but it was a total team effort late that gave the Minnesota the win as the Timberwolves only allowed a single point for the final three minutes with Karl-Anthony Towns capping a 7-1 endgame run with a pair of free throws.

Towns finished with 24 points and 19 rebounds for the Timberwolves (22-35), while Shabazz Muhammad was the only other Minnesota player in double figures with 15 off the bench.

Gary Harris led Denver (25-31) with 22 points and Will Barton fired 18 off the bench. Jameer Nelson had a double-double with 16 markers and 11 assists, while Nikola Jokic also chipped in 15 points and 14 boards but were not enough to lift the Nuggets to victory after a morale-boosting win over the Golden State Warriors in their last game.  

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