Well, that was easy.
Admit it, fans of the Wolves. The team was coming off a 2-5 road trip, had played a two-overtime game in OKC to finish it, Nikola Pekovic and J.J. Barea were hurt and Denver was in town.
Did you expect this?
Greetings. Kent Youngblood here. I covered today's game. Jerry will be at practice tomorrow, and I will be with the team in Memphis and Charlotte.
This was a pretty gutty win for the Wolves, who won going away, thanks to a 39-9 run that started in the first quarter and ended in the second; the Wolves played great defense early, holding the Nuggets without a point for the first four minutes of the second quarter.
And now the Wolves are 2 1/2 games behind No. 8 Houston in the West. Denver and Phoenix are also ahead of the Wolves. But, given that Denver has opened it's own seven-game road trip with two losses, I'm thinking they could be playing themselves out of the playoff picture before long.
Here are some notes and thoughts from today's game:
--This was the Wolves second victory in 19 meetings with Denver. The win broke and eight-game home losing streak to the Nuggets.
--20,032 fans watched it, making this the ninth sellout of the season and the fourth in five games. it is also the first time in franchise history that 20,000-plus fans have attended three straight home games.
--Kevin Love (ho, hum) was, of course, incredible again. One game after scoring a franchise-high 51 points in OKC, he had his third 30-20 game of the season and the seventh of his career. He also had his ninth 30-15 game of the season, one more than the rest of the league combined.
--The Wolves, 28-point third quarter lead was their biggest of the season.
--Both Luke Ridnour (25) and Wayne Ellington (17) had season highs in scoring today.
--Minnesota's 68 first-half points were a season-high for a half this season.
That's about it for now. Jerry will get back to you tomorrow.