Timberwolves return to the NBA playoffs

Jimmy Butler (left) and Karl-Anthony Towns celebrate after winning the  must-win game against the Denver Nuggets on April 11, 2018 at the Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Nuggets 112-106. 

With a thrilling 112-106 overtime win versus the Denver Nuggets in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,978 at Target Center, the Minnesota Timberwolves have clinched a trip to the NBA playoffs.

The win propels the Wolves to the playoff for the first time since 2004 when they went all the way to the Western Conference finals. 

  

"We are thrilled to say that we have delivered on our commitment to our fans to usher in a new era of Timberwolves basketball," said Timberwolves CEO Ethan Casson. "We want to thank the fans for their incredible support, which has led to one of our more successful seasons in recent team history, both on and off the court. A new level of excitement begins as we reintroduce NBA playoff basketball to Minnesota. We look forward to Target Center being electric, providing our team the ultimate home-court advantage." 

  

Led by Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota ends the 2017-18 regular season with a record of 47-35. The 47 wins are 16 more than last season’s total. The Wolves finished the season 34-18 against the Western Conference and 30-11 at Target Center, tying for the second-most home wins in a single season in franchise history. Minnesota came into Wednesdays game needing a win to secure the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. 

The big three showed up in crunch time with Butler leading the way in the must-win game scoring 31 points, followed by Towns’ 26 points and Wiggins scoring 18. The Wolves closed out the season with three victories – all must-win games.

  

The Timberwolves will face the Houston Rockets in the first-round matchups. Information on dates and times for the Timberwolves first-round playoff series will be announced by the NBA shortly. 

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