The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder have been in a position to win one do-or-die sport on the highway, however they have been unable to perform that feat twice.
The Minnesota Timberwolves took house Friday’s play-in event sport, 120-95, to clinch the No. 8 seed within the Western Convention and get rid of OKC.
Minnesota had one other probability to make the playoffs after their time beyond regulation loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday (L.A. is the seventh seed) – the Thunder ended the New Orleans Pelicans’ season on Wednesday.
It was a 10-point Timberwolves lead on the half, and once they went up 13 early within the third quarter, in addition they knocked Oklahoma Metropolis’s main scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out of the sport briefly.
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Karl-Anthony Cities #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves talks with Anthony Edwards #1 of the Minnesota Timberwolves through the sport in opposition to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder through the 2023 Play-In Event on April 14, 2023, at Goal Heart in Minneapolis, Minnesota.E (David Sherman/NBAE by way of Getty Pictures)
Grabbing his offensive rebound, Rudy Gobert’s elbow inadvertently hit his proper within the face, and Gilgeious-Alexander lay on the ground for a number of minutes. He walked into the locker room with a coach whereas icing his face and returned a couple of minutes later, however with a shiner on his proper eye.
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The Thunder have been in a position to lower a 16-point deficit right down to eight at one level within the third quarter, however Minnesota took off from there, bringing their lead again as much as 17 only a few minutes later. That lead obtained as much as as excessive as 29 with a dominant fourth quarter.
Six Wolves, together with all 5 starters, have been in double-digit scoring: Karl-Anthony Cities (28), Rudy Gobert (21), Anthony Edwards (19), Mike Conley (14), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (12), and Kyle Anderson (11). Cities and Gobert additionally had 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively,
The sport marked the return of Gobert from a team-imposed one-game suspension after he threw a punch at Anderson throughout a timeout – Gobert missed the primary play-in sport.
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Within the closing minutes, the Minnesota crowd chanted “We would like Denver.” They obtained them.
It is going to be the Timberwolves and the top-seeded Denver Nuggets, who’re led by back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic (who could win it a third-straight time) within the first-round of the NBA playoffs.