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Minnesota Timberwolves Finish Season With Fifteenth Straight Loss

Finally. . .mercifully. . .the Minnesota Timberwolves' season has come to an end.

The Wolves gave Houston Rockets swingman Chase Budinger a chance to be somebody this evening, as the second-year forward scored a career-high 35 points as the Rockets pounded the Timberwolves 121-102 on Wednesday night at the Target Center.

Budinger wasn't the only Rocket to have a great evening. Kevin Martin chipped in with 25 points, and Goran Dragic got the first triple-double of his NBA career by putting up 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Michael Beasley scored 34 points for the Timberwolves, but it just wasn't enough. Anthony Randolph added 23 in a losing effort, and Anthony Tolliver yanked down a game-high 13 rebounds.

The loss clinched the NBA's worst record for the Timberwolves, who finish the season with a 17-65 record. Having the NBA's worst record means that the Timberwolves have the best chance. . .approximately 25%. . .of winning this year's NBA Draft Lottery, something that has never happened in the history of the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.