What to know about the Houston Rockets-Minnesota Timberwolves match-up

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It was Kevin Garnett's team. For tonight, there's gonna be a party when the Wolves come home. Denver Nuggets broadcast Wednesday night on FOX Sports North PLUS was the highest-rated Wolves game ever on the regional sports network. They played well, until falling short in the Western Conference Finals against defending champions the Los Angeles Lakers.

After the game, the Timberwolves expressed to ESPN how emotional he was with the team making the playoffs because of a promise he made to former Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders, who passed away in October 2015. Most recently, it was fan favorite Ricky Rubio, the marvel who never quite developed into the player many thought he would, after being selected No. 5 overall in the 2009 draft. Karl-Anthony Towns responded with a pair of free throws, but Paul Millsap's jumper at the 2:28 mark sent Denver back in front at 106-105.

The matchup against the Nuggets generated a 7.5 household rating in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Designated Market Area, according to Nielsen Media Research, peaking at a 13.1.

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The disappointing finale snapped Denver's improbable six-game winning streak to force the rare winner-take-all scenario.

PHILADELPHIA - Joel Embiid and JJ Redick watched from the bench, Ben Simmons had a scoreless first half and Philadelphia still won its 16th consecutive game to take the No. 3 Eastern Conference seed. Minnesota outscored Denver 11-5, taking the lead for good when Jeff Teague hit a floater just before the shot-clock buzzer to put his team up 107-106 with 1:19 to play. They also got to two talented teams fighting for their playoff lives.

Sophomore guard Jamal Murray chipped in 20 points, six rebounds and six assists for Denver, shaking off a slow start to get hot late in the fourth quarter and spark what looked like it might be a season-saving comeback for the Nuggets, who'd entered Wednesday having won six straight games to give themselves a chance to vault into the playoffs on the season's final night.

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It seemed as if the Wolves would be defeated again, but Minnesota forward Taj Gibson had other plans. Game 1 is at 8 p.m. on Sunday. "They just made the plays at the end". And the two misses were in the third quarter by Murray, one of the NBA's most accurate free-throw shooters at 90.5 percent. Justin Anderson led the Sixers with 25 points, and Dario Saric had 24.

Barring a big blunder, it seemed the game was finally theirs.

The Timberwolves ultimately held on for the victory, with the capacity and white-towel-waving crowd at Target Center standing to soak in the moment as the final horn sounded.

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