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Barea leads T-Wolves to 101-97 win over Nuggets

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm •  Published: January 3, 2013

"I got on a good rhythm there and kept attacking," he said. "It worked out for us."

Did it ever and makes what happened in Utah all the more puzzling. The Timberwolves were blown out 106-84 in a rather uninspiring effort.

"You're going to have a couple of games a year like we did in Utah," Ridnour explained. "You just don't want to have too many of them. Fortunately, everybody bounced back today. We got a big win in a really tough place to play."

Despite the loss, it was a big night for the usually modest Andre Miller, who scored the 15,000th point of his career on a mid-range jumper in the first quarter. He became only the eighth player to reach that scoring plateau while also compiling 7,500 career assists. Oscar Robertson, Gary Payton, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash also accomplished the feat.

In typical Miller fashion, the 36-year-old downplayed the approaching milestone before the game.

"A big individual accomplishment ... I try not to dwell on it," said Miller, who finished with 11 points and 10 assists. "I never even thought about it. It's good to get it over with."

Miller started the game in place of Ty Lawson, who's still recovering from a strained left Achilles tendon. Lawson sat out Tuesday when the Nuggets beat the Clippers and has been bothered by tightness in the tendon for the past week.

The speedy point guard provided a spark off the bench against Minnesota — the first time in nearly two years that Lawson entered a game as a reserve. He and Kosta Koufos each finished with 16 points for Denver.

The Timberwolves were without point guard Ricky Rubio, who has been dealing with back spasms and remained in Minnesota during the two-game swing through Utah and Denver. The team is being cautious with Rubio, who is coming back from a torn ACL in his left knee. Minnesota hopes to have Rubio back Saturday against Portland.

NOTES: The Pepsi Center hasn't been kind to Love, who sustained a mild concussion and neck strain after a hit to the head in a game against Denver last April. ... The Timberwolves had six players score in double figures. Alexey Shved also had 17 points. ... Denver is 4-13 this season when allowing 100 or more points. ... Asked about the chances of the Denver Broncos making the Super Bowl, Karl said, "I like them."