MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jimmy Butler hit four 3-pointers among his 28 points and Karl-Anthony Towns snapped back from a bad start to the series with 18 points and 16 rebounds, leading the Timberwolves past the Houston Rockets 121-105 in Game 3. This was Minnesota's first postseason victory in 14 years. Jeff Teague scored 23 points and Andrew Wiggins pitched in 20 points with another four 3-pointers for the Wolves. James Harden led the way for the Rockets with 29 points on 9-for-21 shooting. Game 4 is Monday night.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - C.J. Cron hit a pair of two-run homers and Blake Snell won his third straight start in the Tampa Bay Rays' 10-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Cron's homer in the third inning put the Rays up 2-1 after Adeiny Hechavarria singled for their first hit off Kyle Gibson. Cron connected again in the seventh off Gabriel Moya, capping a five-run inning. Snell worked seven strong innings as the Rays won their third in a row for the first time this season.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - No team in the ultra-competitive Western Conference has made the playoffs more times in a row than the Minnesota Wild. They've reached the postseason six straight years, sharing the current streak lead with the Anaheim Ducks. This regular season consistency has only led, however, to April dissatisfaction. Ousted in five games by the Winnipeg Jets in their first-round series, the Wild were sent again to an early exit from the Stanley Cup tournament. They were shut out by the Jets in the last two.
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