Anthony Edwards Criticizes Aaron Gordon After Nuggets Tie Series

The Denver Nuggets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-107 in Game 4, tying the Western Conference semifinals series at 2-2. Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 35 points, while Aaron Gordon had 27 points and a strong defensive performance.

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Anthony Edwards Criticizes Aaron Gordon After Nuggets Tie Series

Anthony Edwards Criticizes Aaron Gordon After Nuggets Tie Series

The Denver Nuggets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-107 in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday, tying the series at 2-2. Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 35 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, while Aaron Gordon had a stellar performance with 27 points on 11-for-12 shooting, including a perfect 2-for-2 from 3-point range.

After the game, Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards expressed his frustration with Gordon's performance, saying "I'm sick of Aaron Gordon" as he glanced at the box score during his post-game press conference. Edwards himself had an impressive outing, scoring a franchise postseason record 44 points on 16-for-25 shooting, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Nuggets.

Gordon's outstanding performance earned him the Nuggets' DPOG (Defensive Player of the Game) chain, a recognition given to the team's top defender each game. His defensive efforts, along with his efficient scoring, played a crucial role in the Nuggets' victory. Coach Mike Malone praised Gordon, saying, "The shot-making, the play-making, the physicality, the defense on two All-Stars, so much is being asked of him right now... What you love about Aaron Gordon since Day 1, when he put on that Nuggets uniform, It's always been about the Nuggets first. He is truly selfless."

Jamal Murray also contributed 19 points for the Nuggets, including 12 in the third quarter. The Nuggets closed the first half with an 8-0 run in the final 20 seconds, capped by Murray's improbable heave from beyond half-court at the buzzer. This momentum shift proved to be a turning point in the game.

For the Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns struggled from the field, shooting just 5-for-18 for 13 points, although he did grab 12 rebounds. Rudy Gobert came alive late, scoring 11 points and securing 14 rebounds. Despite outrebounding the Nuggets 42-31, the Timberwolves were outplayed in the second half.

The series now returns to Denver for a crucial Game 5 on Tuesday night. The Nuggets have stolen back home-court advantage and will look to take the lead in front of their home crowd. The Timberwolves, led by a determined Anthony Edwards, will aim to regroup and find a way to slow down the Nuggets' potent offense. As Edwards stated, "This is a series. We won two games, but we didn't think it was going to be easy."

Key Takeaways

  • Nuggets defeat Timberwolves 115-107 in Game 4, tying series 2-2.
  • Nikola Jokic scores 35 points, including 16 in the 4th quarter.
  • Aaron Gordon has 27 points on 11-for-12 shooting, earns DPOG chain.
  • Anthony Edwards scores franchise-record 44 points, but Timberwolves fall.
  • Series returns to Denver for Game 5, with Nuggets regaining home-court advantage.