Karl-Anthony Town Leads Wolves To Playoffs To Fulfill Promise

Karl+Anthony+Towns+against+NuggetsIt’s been three long years for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but finally, Karl Anthony Towns delivered on his promise of helping the team end the longest-running playoff drought in the NBA.

The last time Minnesota made the playoffs they were coached by the late Flip Saunders and led by Kevin Garnett, Sam Cassell, and Latrell Sprewell as they reached the Western Conference finals against Shaq and Kobe’s Los Angeles Lakers.

The Timberwolves are back in the playoffs after defeating the Denver Nuggets in overtime 112-106 at Target Center in a pivotal game with a playoff atmosphere.

The game lived up to its billing as the young studs in both teams showed up and they relentlessly went after each other. The desperation at Target Center was huge last night as both teams were fighting for their postseason lives.

It was a back-and-forth game as Denver’s Nikola Jokic kept them coming back as he led all scorers on the floor with 35 points, but in the end, Minnesota prevailed thanks to several key contributions from unexpected heroes.

Jimmy Butler was huge for the Wolves as he led them with 31 points, five rebounds and five assists, even though he was playing in just his third game after coming back from knee surgery. He was supposed to play a maximum of 23 minutes, but on this night, he finished with 42 as nobody could have successfully kept him on the bench.

Taj Gibson, who was questionable to play with a neck injury before the game, ended making a key steal on Jokic at the end of regulation to extend Minnesota’s season and send the game to overtime.

Andrew Wiggins, who has struggled at the foul line this season shooting 64 percent, managed to make probably the two biggest free throws of his career to give Minnesota a 110-106 lead in overtime.

The Wolves’ defense has had some rough moments this season, but they were steadfast in the extra period as well, forcing two turnovers and limiting an exhausted Nuggets team to shoot 2-for-8 from the floor.

As for Towns, he finished the night with a double-double scoring 26 points and getting 14 rebounds to help lead his team to the postseason and fulfill a promise he made to Saunders on draft night.

For now, even if they get swept by the Houston Rockets in the first round, that will be more than enough for the thankful fans of Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

 

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