Jimmy Butler says the T-Wolves need to "humble themselves" after loss to Orlando

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The Minnesota Timberwolves' five-game winning streak came to an end on Tuesday night as they suffered a surprising 108-102 loss to the Orlando Magic.

With the win, the Magic ended a seven-game skid and secured their first victory of 2018 against one of the in-form teams in the league.

Orlando is statistically the worst rebounding unit in the NBA but they had a 51-37 advantage on the boards against the Timberwolves and this was the major difference in the contest.

Despite the defeat, Minnesota still enjoys a 29-17 record in the west and sit comfortably in fourth position.

However, Jimmy Butler isn't ready to let complacency kick in and allow them to rest on their laurels.

He hit out at his team following the loss at Amway Center and said it's the best thing that could have happened to them as it'll act as a wake-up call.

"We need to humble our damn selves," he said, according to ESPN. "I'm glad we lost. Came in here on our high horse, thinking we're a really good team, and we haven't done anything yet.

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"Good for us man. They played better than us. They played harder than we did. They did everything right."

The shooting guard finished the game with 28 points and seven rebounds and has been playing terrific basketball over the last month, which has seen him enter the MVP conversation.

Butler has already become a leader for the young T-Wolves and as they've learned on a number of occasions this season, he's not afraid to call them out publicly.

The three-time All-Star is one of the most competitive players in the league and hates losing games which leads him to express his frustrations in a variety of ways.

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The franchise is finally enjoying winning again after so many years but this is the 28-year-old's way of keeping them focused and on the right track.

Minny has been on a tear recently as they won their five previous games by an average of 18.8 points.

Even in the loss to Orlando, it was close for much of the contest before the home team pulled away with a 14-4 run and saw a career night from Evan Fournier, who dropped 32 points.

Butler said they were punished for not playing with enough energy and criticised his teammates for not competing.

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"I think we were comfortable," Butler said, per ESPN. "We didn't play hard, we didn't rebound, we didn't guard, we didn't execute, we didn't do anything.

"We were going through the motions out there. When you do that in this league, you can get beat by anybody."

The T-Wolves will certainly have to show more effort if they want to bounce back in their next game as they take on the Houston Rockets on the road, where James Harden is expected to return from injury.

With hopes of challenging the top teams in the conference, this will give them a great chance to make a statement and prove that they can go toe to toe with the best.

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