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Ticked off Timberwolves believe ‘we definitely got better’ in loss to Celtics.

Despite everything going wrong leading up to Wednesday night’s game, the Timberwolves put themselves in a position to steal a win over the Celtics in Boston.

Perhaps some NBA title contenders can coast to the playoffs. Timberwolves  know they're not one of them. – Twin Cities

They entered the fourth quarter up six and led by as many as nine in the frame. The Wolves were up by seven when Nickeil Alexander-Walker knocked down a 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 46 seconds remaining in the contest. It seemed the type of game a team with the top-ranked defense in the NBA would be able to close out.

Then the sequence looked like this:

Jayson Tatum drove in for a layup. Alexander-Walker was called for an offensive foul for a turnover on the Wolves’ next possession. Then Tatum hit a 3. After a couple fruitless possessions on both ends, Karl-Anthony Towns fouled Tatum while shooting and he knocked down 1 of 2 free throws to cut the gap to 109-108.

Derrick White grabbed an offensive rebound on Tatum’s miss on the second attempt, and the Celtics passed the ball around the key until they found Jrue Holiday wide open in the right corner and he drilled a 3-pointer to put Boston up 111-109 with 25.3 seconds remaining.

“Defensively, just got loose in pick-and-roll, weren’t able to stop ‘em coming down hill and when we were, they opened up a lot of shooters,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch told reporters postgame.

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