Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
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Timberwolves Clinch First Playoffs Berth in 14 Years

Timberwolves Clinch First Playoffs Berth in 14 Years

Denver - victor of six straight to give itself this chance - is trying to get to the post-season for the first time since 2013.

Actually, for Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas and Charlotte, the end came in their season finales Tuesday. He went 3-of-10 for 10 points (five after halftime) Wednesday, after shooting 2-of-10 for six points in Monday's win over Portland.

After all, the Timberwolves are a team with two superstars in Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler who just reeled off a solid 47-win season.

Fittingly for a once-promising season that has become a slog to the finish, the Wolves wound up watching the Nuggets rally past Portland about an hour after they left the court at Target Center. Towns' play is keeping Minnesota above water (26.8 points, 14.0 rebounds), but the struggles of Andrew Wiggins have been crippling.

That young core around which they would build - Towns, Wiggins, LaVine and point guard Ricky Rubio - has been reduced to Towns, an all-star who at 22 still has his best years ahead of him.

"When you have a game like this you learn a lot of things, especially about ourselves". They lost five of their last six games to take the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Several of those were "live" turnovers, which led to transition opportunities for Minnesota. The Timberwolves rank 12th in blocks allowed per game (4.7). The Nuggets made 20 of their 26 free throws (76.9 percent) and had a turnover percentage of 11.3 (better than their season average of 13.0). With both teams' seasons on the line, expect there to be a tough battle between these two teams and a close outcome like their last meeting. "I've always wanted to be in the playoffs, always wanted to play playoff basketball".

Breaking the playoff drought has rejuvenated a franchise that has been among the NBA's worst teams for over a decade.

Nikola Jokic turned in a strong game for Denver with 35 points and ten rebounds. Will Barton's come alive as well, pouring in 20.3 points a night.

Even though the Nuggets fell short of the postseason in 2017-18, their future remains bright thanks to Jokic, Harris and Murray. The Nuggets are 5 in the league by dishing out 25.2 assists per game.

The game's Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 213 points with Minnesota opening as a 3.5-point favorite.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are headed to the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2003-04 with a thrilling 112-106 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets. "I don't know if it can get any higher". How to handle runs. We've got to do that from the start. You would imagine that the play-in game would get more publicity than this, no? We gotta have that mentality from the start. Made a insane pass to me, Jimmy closed out to me strong and I got to the rim for a floater that I make every day. It hurts right now, but they'll look back and they'll be better.

They've had to do this the hard way, too. Unfortunately, a date with Houston, who beat the Wolves three times this season, is their reward.

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