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By surviving on the road against a struggling team, they clinched their first winning season since 2005.
By ending a two-game losing streak to San Antonio and Houston, the Wolves put three games between them and the Clippers.
Jamal Crawford, who turned 38 on Tuesday, has played for 18 coaches in 18 seasons and just keeps on playing, whether winter or all summer long.
Derrick Rose's addition to the Wolves' rotation with a month left in the regular season has provided both periods of adjustment and promise
Trailing by nine points early, the Spurs ran away with the game late thanks to veteran forward LaMarcus Aldridge's 39-point, 10-rebound performance
Until this season, Taj Gibson had never averaged more than the 28.7 minutes he played for coach Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls in a 2013-14 season when he played all 82 games
The versatile forward has stepped up his game in Jimmy Butler's absence.
"They're growing," Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said of his team, which is among eight teams chasing the West's final six playoff spots.
Patrick Ewing served 15 years as an assistant coach for four NBA teams but didn't get his first head-coaching job until his alma mater called last spring.
The NBA's Western Conference race is so tight that every night is now crucial. "Everyone is watching games," coach Tom Thibodeau said.
The Wolves completed a comeback against the Wizards thanks to a 34-point fourth quarter that included a 20-3 run and big plays by Karl-Anthony Towns and Nemanja Bjelica.
Until Tuesday, Cole Aldrich had played 31 minutes in 15 games this season.
Tom Thibodeau has praised Andrew Wiggins much of the season for making what he calls "winning" plays. But the coach wants to see even more.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to finish off a 31-point, 16-rebound performance. Andrew Wiggins was among five other Wolves in double figures with 23 points.
Newly signed guard Derrick Rose made his Timberwolves' debut with 6½ minutes played during Sunday's first half against Golden State, and the best you can say about it is he should get better.
The Warriors have played 16 games without Curry this season and are 11-5 in those. They've scored 13 fewer points a game — 119 to 103 — without him, but also have ratcheted their defense while fellow superstar Durant always seems to find another gear.
The 51-14 Warriors' seven-game winning streak ended with Friday's 125-108 loss at Portland.
The Timberwolves' signing of Derrick Rose might have caused you to ask where his point-guard minutes might come on a team that already has starter Jeff Teague and backup Tyus Jones: Will Rose play with Teague and/or Jones and if not, why not?
Jaylen Brown tumbled head over heels when he was fouled on a dunk and landed frighteningly upside down
Rose signed a contract for the rest of the season — making him eligible for the playoffs — and is reuniting with coach Tom Thibodeau, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson.
Nemanja Bjelica did his part for the Timberwolves but the rest of the starters could not keep up with Boston as Minnesota lost its third game in a row for the first time this season.
The Celtics suffered a daunting injury when star Gordon Hayward was lost for the season in the opener. But Boston responded with an early 16-game winning streak and has the East's second-best record.
Essentially traded for each other over the summer, Jeff Teague and Ricky Rubio came to a very real, if fleeting, connection Friday at Utah.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Jeff Teague were ejected, there was shoving in front of the Wolves bench and injured Jimmy Butler took to Twitter to support his team during Friday's loss.
The Iowa Wolves played Utah's G League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars on Thursday, just a 10-minute drive from the Jazz's Vivint Smart Home arena.
Thursday's 108-99 loss started a daunting eight-game stretch that will help determine the Wolves' playoff seeding, or if they make the playoffs at all.
Shabazz Muhammad's release left the Wolves with two open roster spots and just 10 available players for Thursday's game against Portland. What the Wolves do next is the mystery.
In Monday's victory at Sacramento, Nemanja Bjelica provided a physical presence that Kings coach Dave Joerger said presented "too much size" for his team.
Six players scored in double figures, led by Karl-Anthony Towns' 26-point, 17-rebound performance delivered against former Kentucky teammate Willie Cauley-Stein
The Timberwolves move on without injured star Jimmy Butler by inserting Nemanja Bjelica into the starting lineup at small forward and sliding Andrew Wiggins into Butler's big-guard spot.
The Timberwolves returned from the All-Star break with a dud, losing 120-102 to the Rockets while seeing Jimmy Butler helped off the court in the third quarter.
James Harden and teammate Chris Paul were among the many who surrounded Jimmy Butler after he collapsed to the court after planting his right leg Friday night.
Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose were teammates in Chicago for five seasons, and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau coached both players with the Bulls.
The Wolves center sparked Team Stephen off bench while Jimmy Butler decided to sit this one out.
Butler chose not to play, the only player from either team who didn't. He suggested in the weeks leading to Sunday that such a game isn't suited for a guy built to defend and win.
There's only one first time, and while Butler belongs in Sunday's game for a fourth time, there's almost always a first time for somebody. This time it belongs to teammate Karl-Anthony Towns.
As different as they might be, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler are Timberwolves one and the same who have found common ground.
Attempting to reduce wear on its players, the NBA opened its season two weeks earlier this year, a change that reduced the number of back-to-back games and ensured teams now won't play four games in five nights.
Leading by just four points with just under eight minutes left, the Rockets made four of their 22 three-pointers to lead by 16 points less than two minutes later.
Golden State's Steve Kerr turned over duties to players Monday. Will we see that with the Wolves? "I don't think we're ready for that," Tom Thibodeau said.
Jeff Teague has considered himself a scoring point guard for most of his NBA career> But times change and Teague says he's needed to change.
The Wolves didn't play with the same kind of what Karl-Anthony Towns calls "energy" and "urgency" that were the bedrock of the previous 12 victories at Target Center.
That streak ended at 10 — one more than Martell Webster had in 2011 — with a three-pointer that could have won Friday night's game at Chicago.
The NBA recently announced a five-pronged initiative to improve player/referee relations during a season when a notable list of superstars have been ejected.
In his first game against the Wolves, Zach LaVine sank three late free-throws to give him 35 points and outshine Jimmy Butler in his return to Chicago.
Even though the Bulls have a bad record, the three players Chicago acquired have played well enough when healthy this season to believe the Bulls are headed in a good direction, and maybe quickly.
In a game that featured an NBA-record 40 made three-pointers, LeBron James' jumpshot at the overtime buzzer was the difference.
"There's always a lot of talk, but usually not a lot gets done," Wolves coach/president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau said.
Unlike their 12-game winning streak at Target Center, the road has not been kind to them. They are 1-8 in their past nine after starting the season 11-8 away from home.
Now that the NBA has moved its annual trade deadline ahead of All-Star weekend to Thursday, the Wolves will try to buy. "You think every day how you can improve your team," Tom Thibodeau said.
Butler sometimes carries around a football gioven to him by Steelers star Antonio Brown and said: "These are the surest hands west of the Atlantic and I just got burners. I'm just fast."
A Timberwolf during training camp a season ago, longtime NBA player Rasual Butler nonetheless impressed Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
In front of a star-studded Super Bowl week crowd, the Wolves won at home for the 11th straight game by polishing off Milwaukee.
Karl-Anthony Towns took only seven shots against the Raptors on Tuesday and still managed a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
A botched inbounds play, two technical fouls and questions about who was supposed to be on the floor in the game's final minute were part of the late-game collapse.
Midway through the fourth quarter against the Nets on Saturday, Jeff Teague told his coach to leave reserve Tyus Jones on the floor because Jones and Jamal Crawford had helped rebuild a double-digit lead over Brooklyn.
Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry combined to score 78 points for Golden State in defeating the Wolves.
Lillard celebrated being named to his third NBA All-Star Game with 31 points, including six of Portland's 17 three-pointers. The Wolves gave up a season-high point total in the third quarter.
In an attempt to put some pizazz back into an All-Star game that noticeably lacks it, the NBA changed formats. They will announce two teams, chosen by captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry
Western Conference coaches chose seven reserves and two Timberwolves were taken for only the third time in franchise history.
A banner that honors Saunders' memory will be unveiled on Feb. 15 and all fans in attendance will receive a Saunders commemorative coin.
A Philadelphia Eagles fan since he was a boy, Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns tweeted out support for his favorite team after Sunday's NFC Championship Game rout, and for plenty of Vikings fans, it was too soon.
Andrew Wiggins' 40-point performance was his fifth 30-point game at Staples Center. It powered the Wolves to their 31st victory this season and second straight without Jimmy Butler on the floor.
Get a win. All else is secondary for Wolves star Jimmy Butler, who is willing to goad teammates into being the best they can be.
The NBA All-Star Game's reserves will be announced on TNT before its Tuesday doubleheader. Might the Wolves be well-represented?
The Wolves in the past week have lost to a Magic team that had won once since Dec. 6 and were beaten 116-98 Thursday by a Rockets team the Wolves could see in the playoffs.
Eric Gordon led all scorers with 30 points for Houston, which let fly from long range at will vs. the Wolves in a 116-98 victory.
The players were ejected after Arron Afflalo threw a haymaker punch that appeared to graze Bjelica's head. Bjelica then wrapped Affalo in a headlock
"They played better than us," Butler said. "They played harder than we did. They did everything right. We didn't play the way we were supposed to and they whipped our butts. I'm happy."
A recap of the Wolves' 108-102 loss at Orlando Tuesday.
Once mired in a scoring slump that left him often invisible less, Andrew Wiggins has since provided many of the things that his coach wants -- and his shooting touch is back.
The Timberwolves won both the game and their season series against Western Conference rival Oklahoma City, accomplishments that could pay dividends for the postseason.
Jeff Teague missed seven games after Denver's Will Barton fell on his leg in an overtime victory two weeks ago. He played 26 minutes against Oklahoma City, finishing with eight points and three assists.
After practicing Tuesday, The Wolves upgraded guard Jeff Teague from out to questionable for Wednesday's game in their injury report. Teague has missed seven games with a sprained MCL.
LeBron James' introduction to retooled Wolves came on a night when the Wolves raced to an early lead and led the Cavaliers by as many as 41 points.,
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