Minnesota Mauling: Timberwolves Steamroll Thunder To Advance To NBA Playoffs

The Minnesota Timberwolves steamrolled over the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 120-95 win to advance to the NBA Playoffs, where they will face the top-seeded Denver Nuggets in the first round.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks, while Rudy Gobert, who previously served a one-game suspension from the team, returned with a vengeance and added 21 points and 10 rebounds.

The two big men were in sync throughout the evening, none more obvious than this alley-oop connection that established Minnesota's biggest lead of the night at 29 points.  

Anthony Edwards added 19 points and 10 rebounds, as the Timberwolves big three each contributed double-doubles. Six Minnesota players, including all five starters, scored at least 11 points. 

The young Thunder were completely outmatched three-fourths of the game. 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way for OKC with 22 points, but he shot just 5-of-19 from the field. 

It wasn't a good night for the All-Star guard as he also caught a massive elbow from Gobert that caused a bloody bruise below his eye. He left the game for a few minutes but did return and finish the game.

Minnesota will now face the top-seeded Denver Nuggets in the first round. Game 1 will be on Sunday. 

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