NBA Roundup: Wolves clinch last playoff spot

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The Timberwolves' first playoff game in 14 years will be a hard one, as they'll be facing off against the team with the best record in the National Basketball Association season in the Houston Rockets.

Timberwolves fans stood up and exhaled when Wiggins extended the lead to 110-106, with 14.6 seconds remaining in overtime.

The Sixers closed the regular season on a 16-game winning streak, the longest ever for a team entering the postseason, winning half of those games with All-Star center Joel Embiid sidelined by a facial fracture.

Nikola Jokic locked in a classic big man battled with Towns, finishing with 35 points and 10 rebounds, but he missed six of his last eight shots after the third quarter as the valiant finish to this season fell just short. The Rockets won all four regular season meetings between the two teams.

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Denver, who had won six straight games to force this winner-take-all contest, was eliminated from play-off contention. Butler hit a jumper to push the Timberwolves back to the lead, but that basket was immediately answered with a lay-up by Murray with 1:59 remaining.

When the final horn blew, the capacity and white-towel-waving crowd at Target Center stood to soak in Minnesota's first postseason appearance since 2004.

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Butler finished the game with 31 points, five rebounds, five assists, and was 10-of-21 in shooting from the field, but Towns was arguably better as he finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, and was 12-of-19 in shooting from the field.

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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.

Jodie Meeks came off the bench to score 18 points for Washington. Sacramento finished with a 27-55 record in coach Dave Joerger's second season, its worst mark since going 24-58 in 2010-11.

Rookie swingman Luke Kennard scored a career-high 23 points, and Detroit blew out Chicago in a game featuring teams that missed the playoffs.

The roster was on display Wednesday as the Wolves faced off against the Nuggets. Towns chipped in a double-double (26 points, 14 rebounds) and Andrew Wiggins had 18 points. They played well, until falling short in the Western Conference Finals against defending champions the Los Angeles Lakers.

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