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Timberwolves top nuggets dramatically; Snap NBA's longest playoff drought



The NBA's longest playoff drought no longer exists. For the first time since 2004, the Minnesota Timberwolves will go into the playoffs on Wednesday night with a dramatic 112-106 home win over the Denver Nuggets.

By winning, the Wolves earn the last place in the Western Conference playoffs, and Denver is eliminated.

It was a close game during and the Wolves were led by Jimmy Butler, who scored 31

points, five rebounds and five assists in 41 minutes – even more impressive, considering that this was only his third game after a meniscal rupture in his knee was. Karl-Anthony Towns also had a big night with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

The game would not have been nearly as close if it had not been for the efforts of Nikola Jokic, who in the third quarter was on his way to 35 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

As a reward for their efforts, the Wolves pull the Houston Rockets in the first round – owners of the NBA's best record. But even if Minnesota loses, their fans will surely be happy to have made that important step on the way to becoming one of the NBA's best teams.

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