Recap: Nuggets 99, Wolves 91


The Wolves started their 2007-2008 season with a loss to the Nuggets, but there were a bunch of positives to take away from the game. The Wolves took a first quarter lead after a nice opening run, and held onto that lead basically until the midway point in the fourth quarter.

In fact, the Wolves really played better than the Nuggets much of the way, and controlled the game as well. But, as they did multiple times in the preseason, the Wolves seemed to fall apart towards the end of the game, and scored just 14 in the fourth to give the Nuggets the lead and the game by a final score of 99-91.

The loss may be a little upsetting, because the Wolves did play very well. But nonetheless, there were a number of positives going forward.

Al Jefferson scored 16 points, and collected 13 rebounds all while being double teamed. Rashad McCants had the hot hand, and scored 23 points for the Wolves in just 29 minutes of play. The other keys for the Wolves were Theo Ratliff, who scored 14 points, and Greg Buckner, who scored 10 points.

The main problem for the Wolves were the fouls. The Nuggets shot two times the number of free throws that the Wolves did, and the officiating was terrible all night long. Had McCants not gotten into foul trouble, he may have scored a lot more than 23 points.

With Randy Foye out for a while, Telfair stepped up. He scored 9 points and collected 5 assists on the game. He did make a few mistakes, but his speed should be a big help to the Wolves this season.

The Wolves will get back on the court on Sunday, when they look to get their first win of the season against the Knicks. There will be more key points on the game tomorrow.


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