MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to the playoffs for the first time in 14 years after knocking off the Denver Nuggets 112-106 in a winner-take-all overtime thriller on Wednesday night.
Jimmy Butler, playing in just his third game since coming back from knee surgery, helped carry the Timberwolves across the finish line, scoring 29 points, dishing out five assists and grabbing five rebounds. Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game that he would extend Butler’s minutes “guideline” if needed, and that’s exactly what he did by using Butler for 42 minutes. Jeff Teague finished with 17 points, including a huge runner with the shot-clock expiring in overtime.
Many within the Timberwolves organization weren’t sure how Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins would respond to the challenge of playing on the biggest stage the regular season can offer, the last game, but both were able to make enough plays to help push the Timberwolves over the top. Towns set a nice tone for the Timberwolves
Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23123183/timberwolves-beat-nuggets-ot-end-14-year-playoff-drought
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