The Timberwolves are finally clicking and heading in the right direction

Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

When the Minnesota Timberwolves took on the Cleveland Cavaliers at home on Monday night, it marked the team's fourth consecutive sellout at Target Center, which is their longest streak in nearly five years.

The T-Wolves duly put on a show for the packed crowd as they crushed the Cavs 127-99 and produced arguably their best performance of the season - which happened to come against the league's best player LeBron James.

It was a complete team display as they had six players in double figures and dominated from start to finish.

Minnesota has been on the cusp of being a good team in recent years but things are now finally clicking into place.


The win over Cleveland was certainly a statement and it was their first victory over a team featuring LeBron since 2005.

They not only beat the three-time champion, they forced him into producing one of the worst performances of his 15-year career.

He posted just 10 points - his lowest scoring total since 2007 - and he recorded the worst plus/minus of his career at minus-39.

Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves' defence has been much-maligned this year but locking down the number one player on the planet shows how much they're improving on that end of the floor.

It has been a slightly inconsistent season for the franchise but in recent weeks they've been performing at a high level and are showing signs of finally living up to their potential.

It's no surprise that their improvement has coincided with the MVP form of All-Star Jimmy Butler.

The former Chicago Bulls star has helped to change the culture in Minneapolis and his influence on the rest of the team has been evident over the last month.

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They currently occupy the number four spot in the Western Conference with a 26-16 record - which is their best at this stage of the season sine 2003-04.

He has taken on a leadership role with the franchise and has set a positive example for his younger teammates.

Butler's energy and effort on both ends of the floor is starting to become infectious and the rest of the team has been following suit as they have no excuse for slacking if their star player isn't.

Coming together

His near triple-double of 21 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and three steals against the Cavaliers shows how he's willing to do everything to help his team win.

"What he's doing every night, it's amazing, but it's also bringing the best out of everyone on the team, and to me that's the true mark of greatness," coach Tom Thibodeau said of the shooting guard, per ESPN.

Because of his production, things are coming together for Minnesota and there is a positivity sweeping through the entire organisation and the city.

The fans sense that something special is taking place and they've been waiting a long time to see it.

"We're playing good basketball. Everyone's playing together. We're giving the fans what they want to see," said Andrew Wiggins.

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The players are also realising their potential and what they can achieve.

"We're a really good team," Butler said after the win over Cleveland.

With a young core of Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns coupled with the star power of Butler and the veteran presence of Taj Gibson, they're a match for any team on any given night.

They've won nine of their last 12 games and it's becoming clear that they can no longer be considered a team with potential, but a serious threat in the west.

The Timberwolves are finally headed in the right direction and they deserve to be taken seriously.

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