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NBA Summer League recap: Nuggets 88, Timberwolves 82

Kris Dunn of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets during the 2016 Las Vegas Summer League.

Kris Dunn of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets during the 2016 Las Vegas Summer League.

First-round draft pick Kris Dunn scored a game-high 27 points, but the Minnesota Timberwolves lost their summer-league opener 88-82 to the Denver Nuggets.

Dunn, the fifth-overalll pick last month, was 10-for-18 from the floor (1-for-2 from 3-point range), while grabbing five rebounds and dishing two assists. The 22-year-old guard out of Providence scored 10 of Minnesota's 12 fourth-quarter points.

The Timberwolves led by 11 after the first quarter, seven at halftime and three heading into the fourth. Denver began the final quarter with a 9-0 run.

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Denver's 2015 first-round pick, Emmanuel Mudiay, led the Nuggets with 23 points and added eight rebounds and six assists. Garry Harris added 22 points.

Starting five: Minnesota started Tyus Jones and Dunn in the backcourt and Xavier Silas, Adreian Payne and Jarrid Famous in the frontcourt.

Draft-pick report: Dunn, the two-time Big East Player of the Year, made social-media waves for his crossover of JaKarr Sampson in the third quarter. He played a team-high 34:38 but finished with seven fouls. . . . Jones, the 24th-overall pick last year, had 12 points, a game-high 10 rebounds and four assists in 33:20.

Stat corner: Minnesota shot 41.1 percent, including 66.7 percent from the free-throw line, while Denver shot 43.5 percent and 65.7 percent from the line. . . . Payne took a game-high 20 shots, making six of them and finishing with 17 points. . . . The two teams were even in fouls (26 each) and nearly even in rebounding (Denver 53, Minnesota 50) and turnovers (Minnesota 12, Denver 11).

Next: The Timberwolves return to action at 5 p.m. Sunday vs. the Toronto Raptors.