NBA Roundup: Wolves clinch last playoff spot

NBA Roundup: Wolves clinch last playoff spot

With a 112-106 victory over the Denver Nuggets in overtime Wednesday, the Timberwolves are now looking at their first postseason since 2004, ending the NBA's longest-running playoff drought in the process.

There's no question that the Timberwolves won't be an easy first-round opponent, but the Rockets have had their way with this team throughout the regular season. They extended the lead to ten points in the second quarter.

Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrate after winning the game against the Denver Nuggets.

That young core around which they would build - Towns, Wiggins, LaVine and point guard Ricky Rubio - has been reduced to Towns, an all-star who at 22 still has his best years ahead of him.

Houston handled the Timberwolves during the regular season in all four matchups, sweeping the season series.

Denver, who had won six straight games to force this winner-take-all contest, was eliminated from play-off contention.

The Atlanta Hawks transformed their Twitter account to a Minnesota Timberwolves fan account Wednesday, but the team has an ulterior motive. Then there's Minnesota and Denver.

Here are two leftovers before we fully turn our attention to the Wolves' first-round playoff series against Houston (starting Sunday) and the temporary chaos, for however long it lasts, of having both the Wolves and Wild in the playoffs.

BOSTON - Aron Baynes led a short-handed Boston lineup with a career-best 26 points and 14 rebounds, carrying the Celtics past Brooklyn.

Andrew Wiggins sank two foul shots with 15 seconds remaining to make it 110-106 and finish with 18 points, and the Wolves were finally on their way to a celebration more than a decade in the making. He also had six points and 19 assists against the Grizzlies to finish the season with averages of 25.4 and 10.3, respectively, in those categories.

Nuggets: Jokic posted his seventh 30-point game of the season, three of those in the last six games.

Jodie Meeks came off the bench to score 18 points for Washington.

A career-high 23 points from rookie Luke Kennard helped the Detroit Pistons coast to a 119-87 win over the Chicago Bulls. Sacramento finished with a 27-55 record in coach Dave Joerger's second season, its worst mark since going 24-58 in 2010-11.

Gibson played through a sore neck that forced him out of the last game in the first quarter, finishing with eight points in 35 minutes. They played well, until falling short in the Western Conference Finals against defending champions the Los Angeles Lakers.