DENVER (AP) -- Denver Nuggets coach Dan Issel tried to create depth for his team in the offseason when he acquired Voshon Lenard to join holdovers Keon Clark and George McCloud.
The move paid off Wednesday night when Lenard scored 20 points in 37 minutes and Clark hit a fadeaway jumper with 1 second left in overtime to give the Nuggets a 109-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"The second group gave us a boost," Issel said after Denver's reserves outscored Minnesota's 54-14.
Clark appeared to be the unlikeliest of heroes, failing to find even the rim on three of his first eight shots. But in overtime, it was a different scenario as he hit a shot to put the Nuggets ahead and then made the game-winner.
With the score tied in overtime, the Nuggets called a timeout with 18 seconds left. Clark caught a pass from McCloud along the baseline, gave a head fake to Szczerbiak and scored from about 4 feet.
"I had to shoot it," Clark said. "There was only a second left, and if I pass it, we run out of time and go to double overtime."
Terrell Brandon missed from just inside the 3-point arc as time expired. Minnesota coach Flip Saunders thought it should have been a goaltending call on Raef LaFrentz, who jumped up and caught the ball.
"You have one guy, the lead official (Joe Crawford) at halfcourt, and the trailing guy makes the call that it is goaltending," said Saunders, who argued the ruling as the officials left the court. "You've got the trailing official closer than where Joey is, and he indicates that LaFrentz came up under the ball to bring it back."
LaFrentz finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds for Denver.
Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota. Brandon scored 21 points.
LaFrentz gave Denver a 103-101 lead with a 3-pointer, but Brandon answered with a jumper to tie it. Clark's reverse layup and two free throws by Garnett kept it tied at 105-105.
LaFrentz's putback of Nick Van Exel's miss was matched by two more free throws by Garnett.
With 1:20 left in the fourth quarter, Szczerbiak put the Timberwolves ahead 98-95 with an off-balance jump shot. LaFrentz hit one of two free throws, and after Minnesota missed two shots, McCloud tied it.
Lenard and McCloud had consecutive layups to put the Nuggets ahead 88-86 with 8:52 left, only to have Brandon score seven points in a three-minute stretch to give Minnesota a 94-91 edge.
"Our locker room felt a lot better after this one," Issel said. "Losing the way we have can tear a team's heart out."
Notes: The Timberwolves have five former Nuggets on their roster. ... Ex-Nugget and former Colorado Buffalo star Chauncey Billups got an ovation when introduced. ... Minnesota trailed at the half for the first time all season. It was the first time the Timberwolves hadn't held a double-digit edge at intermission. ... With two technical fouls, the Nuggets have been whistled for nine technicals in their first five games. ... Back spasms limited Denver's Antonio McDyess to 23 minutes. ... Denver has won seven of its last nine overtime games and is 44-58 all-time. ... The Nuggets led at halftime for the first time this year.
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