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Timberwolves come from 20 points down to oust Nuggets in Game 7
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The Minnesota Timberwolves made a stunning comeback to overcome a 20-point deficit and defeat the Denver Nuggets 98-90 in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series. This victory propels the Timberwolves to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 20 years.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Jaden McDaniels also contributed 23 points. Despite a tough shooting night, Anthony Edwards added 16 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, playing a crucial role in dismantling the Nuggets’ defense.

Rudy Gobert was instrumental in the fourth quarter, scoring eight of his 13 points, including a pivotal 12-foot turnaround jumper that extended Minnesota’s lead with 7:43 remaining.

Nikola Jokic delivered an impressive performance for the Nuggets with 34 points, 19 rebounds, and seven assists, and Jamal Murray added 35 points. However, Denver’s offense faltered in the final 22 minutes, managing only 32 points as they struggled against Minnesota’s staunch defense. This marks the second time in six seasons that the Nuggets have lost a Game 7 at home.

The Timberwolves, seeded third, will face the fifth-seeded Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Minnesota’s last trip to the conference finals was in 2004, when they won a Game 7 against the Sacramento Kings.