Wolves End 14-Year Drought with OT Win

Apr 13, 2018, 02:41
Wolves End 14-Year Drought with OT Win

Capela leads in rebounds with 10.8 while Harden tops in assists with 8.8 per game.

It's not that Timberwolves have such a slight chance of surviving the Rockets, their first-round opponent starting Saturday or Sunday in Houston; any team would. After Gibson hounded Jokic to force an air-balled 3-point try, Jeff Teague swished a floater with 1:19 left in overtime to put the Wolves back in front for good.

Atlanta finished the regular season with a 24-58 record and were in last place in the Eastern Conference entering Wednesday's slate of games. Gibson forced a desperation 3-point attempt that he blocked and stole with 1.6 seconds left. The victor clinches the eighth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs, while the loser will have their playoff dreams dashed.

LeBron James scored 10 points in 11 minutes to cap the first season of his career in which he played in all 82 games, but playoff-bound Cleveland fell to visiting NY. Jokic also took 10 rebounds.

Toronto (59-23) had long since clinched the East's No. 1 seed. LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parker and Dejounte Murray scored 11 points each for the Spurs.

Jodie Meeks led Washington with 18 points. Nik Stauskas scored 18 points for the Nets. Jokic ate Karl-Anthony Towns alive, scoring most of his game-high 35 points before Thibodeau made Gibson stick to him. Rookie Lauri Markkanen had 20 points for Chicago.

On the season, the Rockets are averaging 112.7 points, 43.5 rebounds and 21.7 assists per game.

Riding an MVP-worthy season from James Harden, sturdy leadership from the newcomer, Chris Paul, and a retooled bench, the Rockets have had an incredible season. The Rockets' two stars will find open shooters if you bring an extra defender to the ball (they assisted on more than 500 3-pointers between them), but they're also happy to play one-on-one against a defense that switches screens.

Meanwhile, the National Basketball Association has released the first-round playoff schedule, and the reigning National Basketball Association champs will host the postseason opener.

It will mark just the second postseason meeting between the two teams.

FOX Sports North will televise first-round Wolves playoff coverage. The Nuggets have not played in the postseason since the 2012-13 season.

Game 2s will be held Monday through Wednesday. It caps a regular season in which the Nuggets (46-36) matched Las Vegas' projected win total, even with key injuries that knocked flashy free-agent signing Paul Millsap (torn wrist ligament) out for three months and second-leading scorer Gary Harris (knee sprain) for 25 days down the stretch.

The Jazz, who saw a six-game winning streak snapped, fell to the fifth seed.