(Photo : Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) DENVER, COLORADO – Nikola Jokic (#15) of the Denver Nuggets is guarded by Karl-Anthony Towns (#32) of the Minnesota Timberwolves within the first quarter throughout Round 1 Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs at Ball Arena on April 16, 2023 in Denver, Colorado.
With 2:03 left within the third quarter, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a 3-pointer to place the Denver Nuggets up 81-56. Game 1 was basically over at that time. The Minnesota Timberwolves solely managed to achieve 80 factors by the tip of the fourth quarter.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit the sport successful 3-pointer with 2:03 left within the third quarter.
It put Denver up 81-56 in a recreation the place Minnesota solely scored 80.
The Nuggets didn’t want to attain within the fourth (mathematically) to win that recreation.
An absolute beat down.
— Pat Radigan (@ByPatRadigan) April 17, 2023
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A Complete Blowout
Two-time MVP Nikola Jokic delivered one other well-balanced efficiency, outscoring and outrebounding the Wolves All-Star frontcourt. Before fouling out, his numbers learn 13 factors, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal on a 50-percent clip from the sphere in simply 28.5 minutes on the ground.
Karl-Anthony Towns shot horribly, making simply 5 of his 15 photographs, lacking all however one in all his seven three-point makes an attempt, and losing away his solely two free throws. Rudy Gobert was not far-off. He scored a measly eight factors and had the sport’s worst plus-minus at -28.
The Wolves starters mixed for a putrid plus-minus of -55 in comparison with the Denver Nuggets’ +87.
Veteran management can solely get them to this point. Gobert, Mike Conley, and Kyle Anderson have 171 playoff video games between them. In Game 1, nevertheless, they only accounted for 27 factors, 18 rebounds, and 6 assists. The Joker can just about get a fantasy line higher than that at instances.
The second half began with the Wolves down by 11. They responded with a gap three-point brick from Towns. Four unhealthy passes got here subsequent, two from Towns and one every for Conley and Anthony Edwards. Next factor they knew, the lead was as much as 19, courtesy of a Michael Porter, Jr. three, which additionally despatched Edwards to the bench along with his fourth foul.
The Wolves evened up the quarter by scoring within the fourth, matching the Nuggets’ 22 factors shot after shot. The stalemate might have helped them in the event that they hadn’t opened the interval down 29.
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