NBA: The Nuggets defeat the Timberwolves to even the series.  

Los Angeles, California, USAOn Sunday, the Denver Nuggets, the reigning NBA champions, tied their series against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 115-107 victory.  

The Nuggets won their second straight game in Minneapolis to even their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.   

They were led by 35 points from NBA Most Valuable Player Nikola Jokic, 27 points from Aaron Gordon on a mercilessly efficient 11-of-12 shooting, and 19 points from Jamal Murray.  

Jokic declared, "Now it's best of three," adding that the Timberwolves' incredible wins in games one and two in Denver had only made the reigning champions stronger.  

"We took a blow, but we got back up, and hopefully we can defend the home court now," Jokic said, anticipating Tuesday's game five in Denver.  

Despite an intense effort by the hosts, the Nuggets managed to hold off a 44-point outburst from Anthony Edwards, the hero of the Timberwolves, who simply didn't have enough scoring help.  

Though he went 0-for-7 in the first quarter, Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 13 points as the Nuggets ran out to a five-point lead.  

Less than a minute remained in the first half, when Edwards' dunk reduced the opposition's lead from 16 points to seven.  

The Nuggets led 64-49 at the half when Jokic stole the ball, spun, and fed Michael Porter Jr. for a slam. Murray then stole the ball, whirled, and blasted a buzzer-beating shot from beyond the halfcourt line.  

Jokic was benched early in the third quarter due to early foul trouble, but Murray scored 12 points to keep the Nuggets in charge.  

After making a comeback to score 16 points in the fourth, the Nuggets managed to hold off the Timberwolves.  

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