Timberwolves are emotional after earning their first playoff spot over a decade

Denver Nuggets v Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves managed to achieve their first playoff berth in 14 years with a great win against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night in a loser-goes-home contest, and many of their players are emotional about it.

The Timberwolves defeated the Nuggets 112-106 at the Target Center in Minneapolis with Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns ruling the court on the night for the now eighth-seeded Western Conference team.

The guard finished the game with 31 points, five rebounds, five assists, and was 10-of-21 in shooting from the field, while the center finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, and was 12-of-19 in shooting from the field.

Both players were emotional when speaking to Nick Friedell of ESPN after the game after helping the Timberwolves snap their playoff drought.

Butler said: "It means a lot. Not only for the franchise but every guy in this locker room. We work so hard all season. This is the goal that we wanted. No matter what seed we were going to be, we wanted to be in the playoffs. We wanted to compete for a championship. Now it's all about going in there and [being] the first one to win four games."

Towns said: "It's a lot of emotions. It's a lot of a promise I made to Flip, and I'm glad that I was able to be part of this team that was able to bring Minnesota back to the playoffs. This city deserves it. Minneapolis deserves it, the state deserves it. I'm glad we were able to bring it back."

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Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau was just as proud of his players, but he has told his players the job isn't over yet, and they have to step up a gear now the season has moved into the crunch time of the playoffs.

He said: "I'm proud of the players. I think the work that they've put in and the growth that they've had over the year is something that I respect greatly, and I told them that today. I said, 'You've earned the opportunity. Now we have to act on it.'

Denver Nuggets v Minnesota Timberwolves

"They don't give you wins. You have to go out there and earn it. I'm glad in some ways that we had to win the game and play our way in because you want to earn things. I think that's important. And to look at where we are today from where we were two years ago, I think it's been great growth."

The Timberwolves will have a tough first round in the playoffs as they'll be facing off against the team with the best record in the NBA season in the Houston Rockets.

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