NBA playoffs: Timberwolves vs. Nuggets Game 7 updates, score, highlights, analysis

DENVER, CO - MAY 14: Anthony Edwards (5) of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives as Nikola Jokic (15) and Christian Braun (0) of the Denver Nuggets pressure during the second quarter at Ball Arena in Denver on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

This Game 7 between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets could be an all-timer. Not only is it the deciding game in a hotly contested series between two incredibly talented teams, the storylines surrounding this matchup have made it even more compelling.

The Nuggets are a machine. This is the sixth consecutive year they've made it to the playoffs, and they're the defending champions. The duo of Jamal Murray and three-time MVP Nikola Jokić is borderline unstoppable. As a franchise they're 4-3 in Game 7's, but this core group of players is 3-1. They've got the experience and the talent.

But don't look now, the Timberwolves are coming. They've made the playoff three years in a row. Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns are coming into their own. The vibes are impeccable. They've even made Rudy Gobert likable!

That alone might not be enough for them to overcome the Nuggets, but the Timberwolves have one other thing on their side for Game 7: history. Sunday is the 20th anniversary of Minnesota's 83-80 Game 7 win over the Sacramento Kings in the second round, in which birthday boy Kevin Garnett scored 32 points with 21 rebounds, five blocks, and four steals.

Will a Timberwolves player turn in a KG-esque performance that will lift them over the Nuggets? Or will the experience of Jokić and Co. end Minnesota's run? Follow all the Game 7 action below.

  • Wolves win 98-90. There wasn't even any drama, and Ant didn't even play well

  • And that's it. Minnesota will win Game 7 on the road. Wow.

  • Rudy’s out, Karl has 5 fouls and the champs had better go through the MVP if they want any chance of pulling this off.

  • Minny up 10 with 2:40 left. The kids are all right.

  • It is 85-82 Wolves with 4:30 left. Yowza.

  • The Wolves are in the bonus for the next 8:23 … and up 77-72.

  • Who had Rudy Gobert giving the Wolves their first lead of the game?

  • Nuggets lead 67-66 after three quarters. We've got a game.

  • Before that Jokic bucket it was a 21-3 run by the Wolves

  • The Nuggets' lead is now down to 4 as they cannot make a shot! 19-3 run!

  • Could Ant be getting started?

    FINALLY! Ant gets in the open floor, gets a layup for his second bucket of the night.

  • Wolves in trouble

    The lead is 20 in the opening minutes of the second half. If the Wolves have any composure, it better show up soon.

  • Nuggets take lead into the half

    A weird series gets weirder in a Game 7, as expected. 53-38 at the half. Jamal Murray with 24, Ant 1-of-7 for 4 points. You couldn’t script it any better for the champs.

  • Towns doing work

    Karl Towns, literally keeping this game from being a blowout. 13 of the Wolves' 38 points. They trail by 10.

  • Denver settling in

    The Nuggets are starting to tighten their defense on Edwards. He’s passing out, but Gobert and Co. aren’t responding. 33% shooting for MIN, and the Nuggets are on their first big surge, lead 30-19.

  • Jamal Murray looking good

    A great sign for the Nuggets, Jamal Murray is active and aggressive after the two-day layoff. He’s been a barometer for them this series. Only averaging 10 points in losses, nearly 20 in wins.

  • Slow start for West Game 7

    Very early nerves in the opening minutes of Game 7, like it should be … except for that Edwards kid.