Skip to main content

Timberwolves' bench steps up, smashes Nuggets

The Wolves pick up another big win in the Western Conference.
Taurean Prince

The Minnesota Timberwolves used another big night from their bench as they smashed the Denver Nuggets 130-115 on Tuesday night.

Most of Minnesota's matchups against the Nuggets center on the action in the paint as Karl-Anthony Towns went up against Nikola Jokic. But while the big men lived up to the hype, it was the Timberwolves' reserves that made the difference.

The charge was led by Taurean Prince. The Timberwolves' forward averaged just 5.1 points per game on the season coming into the night, but exploded for 23 points, nine rebounds and six 3-pointers against the Nuggets.

The Timberwolves also got a big night from Naz Reid, who put up 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. With Malik Beasley knocking down four 3-pointers, Minnesota erupted in the second quarter, building a 24-point lead before the Nuggets cut it to 18 points at halftime.

But it wasn't just the bench that brought it on Tuesday night. Towns flirted with his second straight triple-double, putting up 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Jarred Vanderbilt also had a strong offensive performance with 18 points and nine rebounds on the night.

The combined effort allowed the Timberwolves to rest their starters for most of the fourth quarter. The bench capitalized, outscoring Denver's reserves 68-49 and cruising to a big victory against a Western Conference opponent.

The Timberwolves (26-25) will look to continue their momentum when they travel to face the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.

Next Up


Watch: Storm updates after heavy hail slams Twin Cities

Sven Sundgaard is providing an update after Thursday's flash hail storm.

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP apologizes over antisemitic sequence in candidate's campaign video

Party leader says candidate didn't know the imagery perpetuated an antisemitic trope.

storm, severe

Tornado, severe thunderstorm watches issued in Minnesota

In addition to possible tornadoes, there is a threat for damaging winds and very large hail.

House sale keys door

High prices, stiff competition putting off homebuyers in Twin Cities

Prices continue to rise in the metro, but there are signs of buyer fatigue.

Screen Shot 2022-05-19 at 1.59.51 PM

Series of explosions at manufacturing plant injures 6 in Wisconsin

The blast rocked the Wisconsin town just before 7:45 a.m.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Medford man dies in Le Sueur County crash

The 49-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Denisovan molar

MN researcher part of team behind 'revolutionary' discovery of ancient tooth in Laos

The molar found in a remote cave is believed to have belonged to a Denisovan girl who lived 164,000-130,000 years ago.

Eagle Ridge Middle School

Charges: Sting catches MN principal trying to hire child prostitute

Authorities alleged Mohamed Selim attempted to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex on Tuesday.

cub donuts 1

Nominate a 'local hero' to get a dozen Cub donuts from Salvation Army

The organization is looking for 1,000 volunteers to help with the effort in the metro.

Minnesota State Patrol helicopter windshield broken after duck flies through it.

Duck smashes through chopper window and hits State Patrol pilot

Two pilots were on the aircraft at the time, with one of them sustaining a head injury.

covid, vaccine

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, May 19

It's been 805 days since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Minnesota on March 5, 2020.


Malik Beasley

Timberwolves' bench steps up to beat Spurs

Malik Beasley got hot to sweep help Minnesota pick up back-to-back victories.

Andrew Wiggins

Nuggets smother Timberwolves in overtime loss.

The Timberwolves shot just 6-for-44 from three-point range.

Jaden McDaniels

Timberwolves' bench can't hold off Raptors

The Timberwolves seven-game home winning streak came to an end.

D'Angelo Russell

Timberwolves keep Luka in check, but come up short vs. Dallas

Minnesota rallied back from a 16-point deficit but couldn't close out in a 110-108 loss.

Anthony Edwards

Timberwolves smash Rockets in season opener

The Timberwolves showed they have plenty of firepower in a victory over Houston.

Malik Beasley

Wolves smash Mavericks, lose Beasley to ankle injury

The Timberwolves scored a critical win but lost Beasley to a sprained ankle.


Timberwolves lose to Raptors, another game in playoff race

A Timberwolves loss and a Nuggets win sends Minnesota another step toward the play-in tournament.