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Denver Nuggets Need More Huge Nights From Kenneth Farried

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Kenneth Farried had quite a performance for the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

But he wishes it could have been more.

Farried had entered the game against the Timberwolves in a bit of a slump, having scored only 22 points in the last four games. In his team’s 108-105 NBA loss to Minnesota, Farried had 14 points in the first quarter and wound up with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

Ironically, the Nuggets were sharp from the floor but couldn’t hit their free throws to save their souls. Denver was 50.6 percent from the floor and 43.8 percent in 3-point shots compared to 43.7 percent and 14.3 percent for the Timberwolves.

But the Timberwolves shot 81.1 percent from the floor and 58.3 percent from the free throw line.

That loss put Farried’s Nuggets at 11-12, slightly below the .500 mark that they had been struggling to top coming into the clash with the Timberwolves.

On Tuesday, the Nuggets edged the Detroit Pistons 101-94.

“It was definitely a big win for us,” Denver center Kosta Koufos said on Tuesday. “After coming off of a loss we wanted to get a win coming into Minnesota. I have to give credit to the second team. They came in and lifted us up and they are the main reason we won today.

“We had a lot more energy in the second than we did in the first half. We just wanted to run the floor and we did that.”

But it wasn’t enough against Minnesota despite Farried’s big night. Still, he needs to keep having big nights if the Nuggets want to have a winning team.