The Wolves went back to work on Monday, less than 48 hours after Saturday's unlikely 125-120 overtime comeback victory at Charlotte.
And they did so with a lightness that was palpable after they won a game in the same manner they have lost so many times.
This time, they won a game they probably had no business winning.
"I couldn't tell you how great a day yesterday was and the night before," Wolves young star Karl-Anthony Towns said after practice. "I haven't smiled like that and felt that good in a while. Yesterday was an amazing day. I haven't had a day like that. A lot of smiles, happy."
Towns had a 47-point, 18-rebound game in Wednesday's home loss and felt none of the rush we felt after his team came back, made three three-pointers in the final minute of regulation time to erase a seven-point deficit before they won in overtime.
The victory ended a four-game losing streak and gave the Wolves a 6-14 record at the quarter-pole mark of the season.
"I was talking to somebody and I think it was my dad and he was just happy to see a win for my sanity," Towns said. "I take this game very serious. I love what I do. Every day I lace up my shoes, I'm so honored and blessed to play this game. You want to win. You're a competitor. The way we're losing, not getting blown out but making mental errors late in the game, it hurt us. It hurts me, especially. To have a win like that, I'm finally able to smile, laugh a lot more and have my spirits up."
The Wolves practiced today in preparation for Tuesday's game against San Antonio at Target Center.
It's their first game against the Spurs since Tim Duncan retired after last season.
One final tidbit:
* NBA TV analyst -- and former Timberwolf, for the briefest of times -- Dennis Scott was at practice Monday, conducting interviews.