Nuggets 106, Timberwolves 97

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Chauncey Billups scored a season-high 27 points in three quarters, Carmelo Anthony added 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-97 on Saturday night.

Linas Kleiza added 15 points, and Anthony Carter had 12 for Denver. The Nuggets have beaten Minnesota seven straight times and 12 of 15.

Randy Foye scored a season-high 25 points to lead Minnesota. Al Jefferson had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Kevin Love had his first career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

After beating Oklahoma City on the road Friday night, the Timberwolves missed a chance to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Billups, who sat out the fourth quarter, and Anthony keyed a 14-0 run midway through the third quarter to help Denver open a 80-63 lead.

Anthony had a fast-break layup and jumper, Billups had a jumper in the paint, a 3-pointer and set up Kenyon Martin and Dahntay Jones for dunks. Denver finished with a 21-5 edge in fast-break points. Anthony has 20-plus points in four of his past five, after not doing so for four straight.

Outscored 27-16 in the third quarter, Minnesota went 6:29 without point before Ryan Gomes hit a jumper with 2:51 to play.

Billups was 11-for-11 from the free-throw line, including three in the final minute of the third quarter to give the Nuggets an 85-67 lead.

Denver, the NBA leader in free-throw attempts per game (32.67), was 26-for-33 from the line, including 18-for-22 in the first half. Minnesota was 9-for-10.


Denver’s last loss in Minnesota was Feb. 14, 2007. … Denver is 7-1 when scoring at least 100 points. … The Nuggets are 10-3 since Billups was acquired from Detroit on Nov. 3. … Minnesota’s Mike Miller was 2-for-10 from the field, including 0-for-7 on 3-pointers. … Wolves G Kevin Ollie missed his sixth straight game because of a strained calf.