The Nuggets and Timberwolves both lost games on Friday night. Only one team looked like it wanted to rectify that situation — Minnesota. Minnesota jumped on the Nuggets early and never looked back in a 117-100 thrashing Sunday at the Target Center. As a result, the Nuggets dropped their second-straight game on this current seven-game road trip, which gets no easier with a game Monday night at Chicago — which at 40-10 has already clinched a playoff spot. Denver is in ninth place in the Western Conference standings.