The Timberwolves celebrated after making the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are headed back to the NBA postseason for the first time since 2003-04, but it took them until overtime of their 82nd game to do it.

On Wednesday night, the Wolves hosted the Denver Nuggets with both teams at 46-35 and the winner heading to the playoffs, and the two sides were deadlocked at 101 after four quarters. And they almost didn’t make it to overtime, as Denver would have had a late chance to win if not for a Taj Gibson steal:

But in overtime, Minnesota pulled away, with Jimmy Butler (who only returned to the lineup last Friday after missing six weeks following knee surgery) dropping in seven of his game-high 31 points in the extra frame to help the Wolves to a 112-106 win that booked their playoff berth. And that led to quite the celebration:

It also prompted a whole bunch of tweets about how things have changed since their last playoff appearance:

Other things of note in 2004:

  • The Lord Of The Rings: Return of the King won all 11 Academy Awards it was up for.
  • Frasier finished airing its final season and won three Emmys. (Newcomer Arrested Development won Outstanding Comedy Series.)
  • The Red Sox did something, I guess? Bill Simmons might be able to tell us more.
  • The Kobe/Shaq Lakers beat the Wolves in the Western Conference Finals, but then lost to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals. Shaq then demanded a trade, eventually winding up in Miami.
  • Top-10 selling album (as per Billboard) included Usher’s Confessions, OutKast’s Speakerboxx/The Love Below (#2), Evanescence’s Fallen (#6) and Toby Keith’s Shock’n Y’all (#7).
  • The Super Bowl caused the FCC controversy heard around the world thanks to Justin Timberlake causing Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction.” (In the game, the Patriots beat the Panthers 32-29. So Justin Timberlake, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick were all involved in the Super Bowl, so I guess some things haven’t changed.)

So, yeah, it’s been a heck of a long time. And while the Wolves may be in tough against the top-seeded Houston Rockets, at least they’re in. That’s a pretty great moment for that franchise, and they got there in thrilling fashion.

[Yahoo Sports]

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Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.