Timberwolves outlast Denver in overtime to clinch first playoffs spot since 2004

Minnesota Timberwolves Jeff Teague looks to pass as Memphis Grizzlies Ivan Rabb defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday

Minnesota Timberwolves Jeff Teague looks to pass as Memphis Grizzlies Ivan Rabb defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday

Wednesday is the final night of the NBA's regular season, and while there is intrigue surrounding a number of games that will impact postseason positioning, all eyes are on the showdown between the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Nuggets are out of the playoffs and the win enables Minnesota to advance in to the National Basketball Association playoffs.

The Nuggets are capable of getting the win if they execute these keys to the game. Karl-Anthony Towns had a big night as well with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

In the extra session, the Timberwolves kept Denver off the board for the final 2:28 while Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins hit the free throws to seal it.

Although Taj Gibson only put up eight points and six rebounds in 35 minutes, he was tasked with defending Nikola Jokic late in the game and did a phenomenal job with a very physical approach. You would imagine that the play-in game would get more publicity than this, no? But, using his quick hands and instincts, Gibson was able to not only knock the ball away, but also corral it and call a timeout, setting up a game-winning attempt for Minnesota with 1.6 seconds left.

With the win, the Wolves earn the last spot in the Western Conference playoffs, and Denver is eliminated. Nuggets at Timberwolves, victor to the playoffs, loser to the off-season.

The Nuggets finished the season with a record of 46-36.

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