Timberwolves beat Nuggets to end long playoff drought

Jeff Teague attempted a shot in the second half. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ

Timberwolves beat Nuggets to end long playoff drought

The Timberwolves ultimately held on for the victory, with the capacity and white-towel-waving crowd at Target Center standing to soak in the moment as the final horn sounded.

Three games in 34 seasons qualifies this circumstance as a rarity.

It seemed as if the Wolves would be defeated again, but Minnesota forward Taj Gibson had other plans. Will Barton scored 24 points (9-of-22 shooting) and added eight rebounds and five assists as the starting shooting guard. However, by the time the period came to an end, the lead was eight points, 62-54. This team is very solid and with the return of Butler, they should easily run through this team.

As it turns out, they needed him to play a lot since the game ended up going into overtime.

Denver is second in the league with 41.6 rebounds allowed per game while Minnesota is third with 41.8 rebounds allowed per game.

Dario Saric scored 24 points, Justin Anderson added 25 points off the bench, and Philadelphia roared into the postseason with a rout of visiting Milwaukee to secure the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Houston will host Minnesota for Game 1 on Sunday at 8 p.m. The Nuggets have forced themselves back into the playoff picture and enter the finale tied with Minnesota for the final spot in the Western Conference.

Denver jumped ahead, 106-105 after Paul Milsap hit a short jumper with 2:28 left to play.

Jimmy Butler attempted a shot in the second half
Timberwolves beat Nuggets to end long playoff drought

Yet like so many games during this streak, Denver made a late push in the fourth quarter. Jeff Teague put the T-Wolves in front for good with a 14-footer with 1:19 left to play.

This means that in the four meetings with Minnesota, the Rockets have scored almost 18 more points per 100 possessions than their yearly average while posting a 4-0 record in the process. Nikola Jokic played a massive role in the victory for Denver, accumulating 15 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists on his way to his ninth triple-double this year. Towns' play is keeping Minnesota above water (26.8 points, 14.0 rebounds), but the struggles of Andrew Wiggins have been crippling. But he didn't get much out of anyone else.

The Nuggets rank eighth in three pointers attempted per game (30.9) while the Timberwolves rank last (22.5).

"This franchise has given me the start to my career". "But some things you can't control". Rockets vs Timberwolves live stream is on TNT stream.

There's no question that the Timberwolves won't be an easy first-round opponent, but the Rockets have had their way with this team throughout the regular season.

The T-wolves odds of winning the championship are pretty long at 80:1.

Since Golden State and Houston are in the two other Western Conference divisions, no one either the Wolves or Nuggets could conceivably tie with could have the division victor tiebreaker over the Wolves and Nuggets, and only the Spurs could have the same division record (9-6).

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