The NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder and joined the playoffs (PO) as the last train. Rudy Gobert, who returned after receiving self-discipline for punching after an argument with a colleague, scored 21 points and helped the team advance to PO.
Minnesota beat Oklahoma City 120-95 in the final game of the 2022-23 NBA Play-In Tournament held at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on the 15th (hereinafter Korean time).
As a result, Minnesota advances to the first round of PO as the 8th seed in the Western Conference and faces the Denver Nuggets, who are ranked first in the Western Conference.
Minnesota was on the brink of elimination after losing 102-108 in overtime against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first game of the play-in tournament on the 12th.
However, they won the final match against Oklahoma City and succeeded in advancing to the PO for the second consecutive season.
Minnesota, who entered the third quarter with a 57-47 lead, led the attack by Karl-Anthony Towns (11 points), Gobert (9 points), and Anthony Edwards (8 points) and spread it to 95-78.
Minnesota, which seized the victory early, showed a margin by using players evenly in the fourth quarter and won by 25 points.
Towns scored 28 points and 11 rebounds, Gobert scored 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Edwards contributed 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, leading Minnesota to advance to PO.
In particular, Gobert performed like Altoran in the return match after self-discipline.
Gobert punched Kyle Anderson in the chest during an argument with New Orleans Pelicans on the 10th, and was suspended for one game by the club. Because of this, Gobert was unable to play in the play-in tournament against the Lakers.토토사이트
Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls 102-91 and entered the PO stage. Miami will face the Milwaukee Bucks, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.