Nuggets prepare for T-Wolves with playoffs on the line

Jeff Teague attempted a shot in the second half. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ

Jeff Teague attempted a shot in the second half. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ

Denver defeated Minnesota in the last match up, but things will be much different this time around.

Game 82 for both teams will have a Game 7 feel, which is a fitting way to transition from the regular season to the postseason.

- It was the Timberwolves' biggest game in almost a decade and a half, a winner-take-all affair that had the potential to propel Minnesota into the playoffs or send them home in despair-and it did not disappoint. The Rockets won all four regular season meetings between the two teams.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will be featuring in the National Basketball Association playoffs for the first time since 2004 after a dramatic 112-106 win over the Denver Nuggets at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Wednesday night.


Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns have helped the Minnesota Timberwolves to a playoff spot this year. It was the NBA's first winner-gets-in, loser-goes-home game since 1997.

The eight first-round matchups remain to be set.

By beating the Jazz, Portland clinched the No. 3 seed in the West and will take on the Pelicans while Utah squares off with the Thunder in the No. 4 vs.

The only order of business that was cleared up Tuesday was the No. 2 overall seed, with Toronto now assured of finishing with the NBA's second-best record.

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