Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Timberwolves end NBA's longest playoff drought with huge win over Nuggets

Timberwolves end NBA's longest playoff drought with huge win over Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime Wednesday night in a must-win game.

The 76ers won their 16th straight game as Markelle Fultz had his first career triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in a 130-95 win over the Bucks. They had the opportunity to secure their first appearance in the playoffs since Kevin Garnett was patrolling the post with Latrell Sprewell as a wing man and Sam Cassell running the offense in 2004.

In the extra session, the Timberwolves kept Denver off the board for the final 2:28 while Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins hit the free throws to seal it. Jokic couldn't get comfortable with Gibson on him and the veteran even forced Jokic into perhaps the game's most clutch turnover before the end of regulation.With just seconds left on the clock, Jokic received an inbounds pass and attempted to fade away for the game-winning shot in the corner.

After the game, the Nuggets' official Twitter account congratulated the Timberwolves, who will take on the Houston Rockets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Minnesota could potentially clinch a playoff spot with a win Monday over the Memphis Grizzlies, but would need some help with losses by Sacramento (facing San Antonio) and Denver (hosting Portland).

That would normally make no sense, but a 2015 trade sending Adreian Payne to Minnesota meant the Hawks would get the Wolves' pick this year provided they make the playoffs.

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