April 11, 2018 06:11 PM
The Minnesota Timberwolves haven't reached the playoffs in 14 years.
The franchise's last appearance came in 2004, when Kevin Garnett, Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassel led Minnesota to the NBA's Western Conference finals.
But the team had a chance to end the drought with a win over the Denver Nuggets in the regular season finale Wednesday night at Target Center.
NBA playoff droughts
The longest current playoff droughts among NBA teams heading into the 2017-18 season:
Minnesota Timberwolves, last appearance 2004
Sacramento Kings, last appearance 2006
Phoenix Suns, last appearance 2010
Orlando Magic, last appearance 2012
The game was sold out and the only way to find tickets was on the secondary market.
Fans milling around Target Center beforehand Wednesday hoped for a win.
"14 years is to too long," one fan said. "It's time to end."
The team asked fans coming to game to become the sixth man on the floor.
"Especially in a situation like this, it's probably going to be a close game back and forth," Brad Ruiter of the Timberwolves told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
"We need people here, ready to cheer, ready to be engaged, ready to be loud."
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Updated: April 11, 2018 06:11 PM
Created: April 11, 2018 03:48 PM
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