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Nuggets bring momentum to Twin Cities

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Brian Shaw era is over in Denver, but the Nuggets continue on Wednesday night at the Target Center versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Shaw was fired Tuesday morning and interim coach Melvin Hunt guided the team to a 106-95 home win over the Milwaukee Bucks that night.

Shaw, who went 56-85 in Denver, had his trouble over his tenure with the Nuggets and even admitted earlier this season that he needed coaching books to help him with ways to handle the players.

"I'm going to ad lib and play it by ear," Hunt said during a pregame interview. "It's a regular day. This is our business, so let's do it."

Danilo Gallinari posted a season-high 26 points to lead the Nuggets.

Ty Lawson finished with 16 points and 10 assists for Denver, which snapped a 10-game losing streak at home -- including a six-game skid overall. Kenneth Faried netted 14 points with 14 rebounds in the win

J.J. Hickson had 10 rebounds off the bench for the Nuggets.

The Timberwolves have dropped three straight, including two in a row at home.

On Monday, the T-wolves fell to the Los Angeles Clippers, 110-105, in a spirited affair that featured seven technical fouls and an ejection.

The Clippers accounted for five of those technical fouls - one each for head coach Doc Rivers, Spencer Hawes and Austin Rivers, and two for J.J. Redick, who was ejected after a back-and-forth with Minnesota coach Flip Saunders. Kevin Garnett got the other tech after his altercation with Austin Rivers.

Ricky Rubio tallied his fourth career triple-double and first this season, compiling 18 points with 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the loss.

Gary Neal paced Minnesota with 19 points to go along with nine rebounds and Andrew Wiggins added 18 points. Zach LaVine had 14 off the bench, while Garnett and Adreian Payne chipped in 12 apiece. Gorgui Dieng registered a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.

Kevin Martin (illness) and Nikola Pekovic (right ankle) both missed the contest for the Timberwolves.

Minnesota had a chance late. The Timberwolves were down three with 14.9 seconds left, but Neal's off-balance 3-pointer was off the mark.

The Timberwolves went the final 10:18 of the game without a field goal to lose their sixth straight at home in the series.

"We ran out of gas really. We played really hard," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "Basically when we went to our bench, we ran into trouble, we couldn't score."

Minnesota's homestand comes to an end Saturday with Portland in town.

The Nuggets have won two of three matchups this season with the Wolves and are 4-2 in their last six in Minnesota.