Minnesota crushes champion Denver and flies to 2-0 in NBA play-offs

Minnesota crushes champion Denver and flies to 2-0 in NBA play-offs
Minnesota crushes champion Denver and flies to 2-0 in NBA play-offs

The reigning champion is at his worst. The Denver Nuggets (number 2 in the Western Conference) lost again at home to the euphoric Minnesota Timberwolves (80-106), Monday evening in Game 2 of their second round of play-offs. A real rout this time: despite the absence of Wolves defensive pillar Rudy Gobert (paternity), Nikola Jokic and his partners were completely stifled. Minnesota (3rd) leads 2 wins to 0 in the series before hosting the next two matches, Friday and Sunday at its Target Center.

Authors of 27 points each, Anthony Edwards (2nd scorer in the play-offs at 33.4 pts on average) and Karl-Anthony Towns brought Minnesota to a sixth victory in a row in these play-offs, after the “clean sweep” (4 wins to 0) inflicted on Phoenix in the first round.

But it was above all the hyper physical defense of the Wolves which made the difference, muzzling the stars of the Nuggets. Nikola Jokic signed 16 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists, but only made 5 out of 13 shots, while Jamal Murray (admittedly 13 rebounds) finished with a catastrophic 3/18 shooting.

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