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MINNEAPOLIS -- As Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica let a 3-pointer fly at the buzzer, Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone was already preparing for overtime. Custom Football Jerseys Wholesale .After the last couple games, its kind of like here we go again, Malone said. To see it actually in and out was kind of nice for us to get a favorable bounce.Wilson Chandler scored eight of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and Bjelicas 3 rattled out to help the Nuggets outlast the Timberwolves in a 102-99 victory.Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic added 18 as Denver erased a 15-point deficit in the first half. The Nuggets outscored Minnesota 45-23 off the bench and shot 48 percent for their second win of the season.Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points and 14 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 25 for the Timberwolves, who gave away a lead of at least 15 points for the third time in four games this season. Bjelica scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.Its like we have half of the puzzle done and we dont finish the puzzle, Towns said.Denver led by 13 with eight minutes to play, but Bjelicas scoring flurry helped the Wolves pull within 102-99 with 90 seconds to go.Emmanuel Mudiay responded with a three-point play and the Wolves missed three 3-pointers that would have tied the game in the final 30 seconds to help the Nuggets hold on. Jameer Nelson had 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and Mudiay finished with 12 points and six rebounds.It was a sloppy game, said Mudiay, who had six of Denvers 22 turnovers. It was a bad game for us personally but we picked it up and we did what we had to do.Minnesota led by 17 in the season opener against Memphis and 18 at Sacramento, but lost both games.Denver outscored Minnesota 33-14 in the third quarter to surge to a 13-point lead, with Nurkic bulling his way to the paint and Gallinari knocking down 3s from the perimeter.But the Nuggets have been just as shaky with the lead in this young season, including letting an eight-point lead slip away against Portland in the final 90 seconds before losing in overtime.The third quarter is haunting us right now, Wiggins said.TIP-INSNuggets: G Will Barton missed the game with a sprained left ankle and backup G Gary Harris was out with a strained right groin. ... Rookie Jamal Murray started for Barton. ... F Darrell Arthur made his season debut after sitting out the first three games and the preseason while recovering from surgery on his left knee. He had two points in nine minutes. ... Denver has won five straight games at Target Center and is 19-6 here since 2004-05.Timberwolves: Minnesota scored a season-high 37 in the first quarter. For the season, the Wolves are averaging 33.0 points on 60 percent shooting in the first 12 minutes. ... Gorgui Dieng had a rough night with two points in 28 minutes and picking up a Flagrant-1 when he hit Nurkic in the throat in the third quarter.PINCKNEY BOWLA mini-drama broke out between the Nuggets and Timberwolves this summer. Assistant coach Ed Pinckney was on Michael Malones staff in Denver last season, but has a long history of working with Tom Thibodeau, who took over in Minnesota. At one point the Nuggets offered Pinckney a bump in pay to stay on, but after initially agreeing, Pinckney ultimately decided he wanted to leave for Minnesota.Pinckneys change of heart didnt sit well with the Nuggets, who dug their heels in. The two teams went back and forth for a month. The NBA ultimately got involved and Pinckney did not officially join the Wolves until after training camp started, getting a sizable raise from what he was making in Denver.UP NEXTNuggets: Visit Detroit on Saturday.Timberwolves: Visit Oklahoma City on Saturday. Discount Custom NFL Shirts Online . -- Charlie Graham stopped 67 shots as the Belleville Bulls edged the visiting Guelph Storm 6-5 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. Cheap Custom Football Shirts . Robinson finished with 17 points, all but two in the second half, and Lawson had 14 after halftime and finished with a game-high 11 assists as the Nuggets handed Dallas its first home loss in eight games this season. J.J. Hickson led Denver with 22, and Kenneth Faried added 10 points and 10 rebounds. . Peter Gammons, an analyst for Major League Baseballs network and website, drew the ire of hockey fans on Sunday when he criticized the two NHL teams on Twitter for their physical game the night before. The Dallas Mavericks and veteran big man?Dirk Nowitzki have hammered out the framework of a new contract that sets Nowitzki up to earn $40 million over the next two seasons and play until age 40, according to league sources.Sources told ESPN that some of the finer contract details are still being worked through, but the broad financial terms have been nailed down in a deal constructed to pay Nowitzki an annual salary in the $20 million range that is more commensurate with his Hall of Fame stature after playing on an ultra-steep discount for the past two seasons.Before coming to terms with Nowitzki, Dallas rallied from two early disappointments in free agency and used its substantial salary-cap space to make some promising pickups. After being spurned by Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley, Dallas capitalized on the sudden availability of Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut in Golden State -- in the wake of the Warriors success in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes -- to agree on a four-year, $94.4 million max deal to sign Barnes and a trade to acquire Bogut.The second year of Nowitzkis new deal is likely to be a player option, sources said, which would allow the NBAs sixth all-time leading scorer to decide whether he wants to keep playing. Nowitzki, who turned 38 on June 19, has said numerous times since Dallas season ended with a first-round exit to Oklahoma City that his ideal scenario is playing two more seasons, but hes also made it clear he wants to re-evaluate things at the end of the 2016-17 season.Since it emerged in May that Nowitzki would likely decline his $8.7 million player option for next season and return to free agency for the first time since the summer of 2014, it has been widely expected -- both in Dallas and leaguewide -- that the 7-footer from Germany refused to even consider leaving the Mavericks, who acquired him on draft night in 1998 and have made him the focal point of their franchise ever since. Stitched Custom NFL Jerseys. Dirk gets to do what Dirk wants, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said during a public appearance in June. Period. End of story.I told him the other day: If Dirk wants to be the head coach, well move Rick [Carlisle] over a little bit. Dirks done so much for this franchise, hes earned that opportunity.In his 18-year career, Nowitzki has won an MVP award in both the regular season (2007) and NBA Finals (2011) to go with his 13 All-Star selections. With 29,491 career points, Nowitzki is also on pace to surpass Wilt Chamberlain and move into the top five on the leagues all-time scoring list during the 2017-18 season as long as he avoids significant injury.Nowitzkis previous contract was a three-year, $25 million deal, which represented a steep hometown discount to seemingly provide Dallas with the salary-cap flexibility needed to construct a contender during his twilight years. The Mavs, however, have failed to get out of the first round since their 2011 title run, although Nowitzki led them in scoring again this past season.Nowitzki has acknowledged that his decision to stay in Dallas would be much more difficult if the Mavs hadnt broken through to win their first title in 2011. If he ends up playing two more seasons, Nowitzki would join Kobe Bryant as the only players in league history to spend an entire two-decade career with a single franchise. ' ' '
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