Rockets to face Timberwolves in first round of National Basketball Association playoffs

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The Nuggets, meanwhile, boarded a flight back to Denver late Wednesday knowing they'll need to wait at least one more year for their first taste of postseason basketball.

Jokic and Will Barton have played well over the last five games for Denver.

The Denver Nuggets are in hot water at half time with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Over their last ten games the Timberwolves are 6-4, including winning their last two games.

The Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves duke it out for a ticket to the playoffs at the Target Center on Wednesday night. "It'll hit me, what happened". Nikola Jokic had his 10th triple-double of the year with 15 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists. Butler, one of the NBA's best two-way players, is likely going into the series believing that the Timberwolves' only chance to win is if he figures out a way to limit Harden's effectiveness.

"I feel like our effort was outstanding".

"We'll enjoy it a little bit", said Butler, who scored 31 points.

The issues for the Timberwolves remain the same as they have been all season.

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It was clear from the start that neither team was going to make it easy on the other. The over is 3-0-1 in the last four Denver road games.

Fresh off clinching their first playoff berth since April 2004, Wolves coach/president Tom Thibodeau met with reporters on Thursday afternoon. Butler said. "To see if a lady friend texted me?" "And he told me to move. So, from now on, stay in my lane". Jokic has averaged 25.4 points, 12.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. Behind Chris Webber's double-double (23 points, 17 rebounds), the Bullets defeated Cleveland by a final score of 85-81. But seemingly in the blink of an eye, the Nuggets got back into it. Murray's off-balance bank tied it at 101, so the Wolves needed Gibson's defense to save them down the stretch.

"(We struggled in overtime with) getting the shots that we wanted, stepping up and making big plays", Malone said. All of those contests were decided by six points or less. When asked why he does so, Towns said it's because "this franchise is a part of me".

It's safe to say that if Minnesota shooting guard Jimmy Butler hadn't gotten hurt, it wouldn't be in this position fighting for its playoff lives on the final day of the regular season.

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.

Jeff Teague matched Towns' scoring total with 24 points and added a game-high eight assists for the Timberwolves, who had lost two of their previous three games. Wilson Chandler went scoreless in 48 minutes.

The Rockets are the best three-point shooting team in the league, and the Wolves are among the worst three-point defending teams.

Actually, for Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas and Charlotte, the end came in their season finales Tuesday.

Timberwolves power forward Taj Gibson left the game in the first half and did not return. Neither Minny nor Denver, now at 46, will be able to match - so neither of them can have the division victor tiebreaker.

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