The Denver Nuggets started Game 4 against the Minnesota Timberwolves with Minny going on a bit of a run, largely led by Anthony Edwards who was playing as if he was from a different planet early on. The Timberwolves jumped out to a quick 13-7 lead, but Denver steadily reeled them back in. After that, the rest of the first quarter featured a lot of traded baskets. The Nuggets eventually tied the game up at 22-22, and they steadily built a lead to the end of the quarter 29-24.

In the second quarter, Denver’s second unit was able to hold their water until the starters returned. They maintained the lead for the Nuggets, and they were refusing to allow the Timberwolves to climb back, despite the best efforts of Edwards, who was up to 23 points in the first half on 9-of-12 shooting. Following a huge sequence to end the first half, that saw a triple from beyond halfcourt by Jamal Murray, the Nuggets were carrying a 64-49 lead into the break.

The two teams started the second half in a similar fashion to the way they behaved in the first half. Neither team was gaining any sort of a significant edge, and it was looking like the lead wasn’t going to change for the remainder of the game at the rate the two sides were going. Ant continued to be the overwhelming driving force for the Minnesota offense, and the Nuggets were riding with Jokic until he picked up his fourth foul with around six minutes remaining in the third quarter. He went to the bench, and Minnesota started crawling back. They eventually ended the quarter with Denver’s lead getting knocked down a few points by a margin of 90-79.

In the fourth quarter, Denver started strong and looked like they were on track to put the game away. Then, midway through the period, a couple of calls didn’t go their way, and the Timberwolves started storming back. After trailing by as many as 18, they had clawed back to within seven with just under 1:45 remaining in the game. Their shooters outside of Edwards had started to show life, but it was too little too late. The Nuggets had built enough of a lead, and they had evened up the series ahead of Game 5 to regain their homecourt advantage.