NOVEMBER (8-5) The Wolves opened the 2004-05 campaign with largely the same roster intact from the previous season, with free agents Anthony Carter and Eddie Griffin being the newcomers. Minnesota tipped off the season with a win over New York on Nov. 3, marking the franchise’s fifth consecutive Opening Day win and 10th consecutive victory in a Home Opener. Minnesota also renewed a rivalry with Denver that began in last year’s playoffs in the opening week, falling 94-92 to the Nuggets in overtime on Nov. 4. After starting 2-2, the Wolves won four-of-five, including a 108-97 win over Miami at home on Nov. 16 and an 83-82 victory in Dallas on Nov. 22, in which the Wolves rallied from a 12-point deficit in the final 4:15. Kevin Garnett sank the go-ahead free throws with :05.9 remaining to secure the win. After losses to Seattle (Nov. 23) and Indiana (Nov. 25), Minnesota closed out the month with a home win over Memphis (Nov. 26) and in Sacramento (Nov. 28). The win at ARCO Arena halted a seven-game Kings' winning streak. Garnett earned Player of the Week honors for the period ending Nov. 7, after averaging 27.3 points and 16.7 rebounds per game in the Wolves’ first three contests. Included in that stretch was a 28-point, 20-rebound performance on Opening Night. Additionally, he posted another 20/20 night against Miami, dropping 25 points and 21 boards on the Heat.

DECEMBER (8-6, 16-11) Minnesota began December in the midst of a four-game West Coast swing. After defeating the Kings on Nov. 28, the Wolves went on to beat Golden State (Dec. 1), Phoenix (Dec. 3) and the Los Angeles Clippers Dec. 4). The win over Los Angeles extended Minnesota’s win streak to five games and marked the first time in franchise history the team had gone undefeated on a four-game road trip. After dropping a home game to Dallas (Dec. 7), the Wolves once again altered the record books with a 119-84 win in Philadelphia on Dec. 8. The 35-point margin of victory was the Wolves’ largest in a road game all-time. The team also set club-records for three-pointers made and attempted (15-34). Eddie Griffin, returning to his hometown, connected on seven treys en route to a career-high 27-point night. Minnesota backed up the win with another victory over the Kings on Dec. 10, as Kevin Garnett exploded for 35 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. After winning five-of-six to begin the month, the Wolves continued to take care of business at home with wins over Portland on Dec. 14, the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 17 and Washington on Dec. 26. However, Minnesota dropped five straight road games to closeout 2004. Wally Szczerbiak provided an offensive spark in December, leading the team in scoring in four of the final seven games, including 28- and 29-point efforts against Portland (Dec. 14) and Los Angeles (Dec. 17), respectively.

JANUARY (8-9, 24-20) The Wolves passed a number of milestones to ring in the new year. Latrell Sprewell tallied his 16,000th career point versus Memphis on New Year's Day. Kevin Garnett erupted for a franchise-record 47 points three nights later versus Phoenix. Garnett also grabbed his 8,000th career rebound against Orlando on Jan. 12. Unfortunately, all three achievements came in Wolves losses, as the squad dropped six-of-seven to begin the 2005 portion of the schedule. The lone win in that stretch, versus Philadelphia on Jan. 7, came at a cost, as the team lost both Sam Cassell (hamstring) and Mark Madsen (fractured thumb) to injuries. Minnesota appeared to right the ship after posting back-to-back wins at Denver (Jan. 14) and at home versus Portland the following night, but then dropped a pair of games versus Toronto (Jan. 17) and at the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 19. The Wolves responded by stringing together their second five-game winning streak of the season. The streak included back-to-back wins in Seattle (Jan. 21) and Portland (Jan. 22) followed by home victories over the defending champion Detroit Pistons (Jan. 24), Atlanta (Jan. 26) and Utah (Jan. 28). Wally Szczerbiak poured in 34 points in the win at Seattle, a franchise record for a non-starter, and combined with Troy Hudson (20), Fred Hoiberg (11) and Eddie Griffin (7) in a club-record 72-point bench effort.

FEBRUARY (4-9, 28-29) The Wolves dropped their first five contests and six-of-seven to begin February, ultimately leading to a personnel move that would define the month, and possibly the season, for Minnesota. After losses to Milwaukee (Feb. 1), Phoenix (Feb. 2), Houston (Feb. 4), Boston (Feb. 6), Memphis (Feb. 8) and Utah (Feb. 11), the team relieved Flip Saunders of his head coaching duties on Feb. 12. Saunders was the second-longest tenured coach in the league, having led the Wolves for 10 seasons. He had accumulated a 411-326 record (.558) at the Wolves' helm. Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale assumed the coaching duties. McHale’s coaching career began with an 87-83 loss to Chicago on Feb. 13, before the Wolves strung together consecutive victories over New Jersey (Feb. 15) and Cleveland (Feb. 17) heading into the All-Star break. Kevin Garnett tallied 10 points in 16 minutes as the Wolves’ lone representative at the 54th annual contest in Denver. Coming out of the break, Minnesota embarked on a three-game West Coast swing. The squad dropped back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Clippers (Feb. 24) and Seattle (Feb. 25), before defeating Portland, 91-83, on Feb. 27. The win was the Wolves’ fourth over the Blazers in 2004-05, marking the first time in franchise history that Minnesota had swept the season series against Portland.

MARCH (10-5, 38-34) After a tough loss at home to Golden State to open the month, the Wolves strung together consecutive wins over Milwaukee on March 4 and at Boston on March 6. The latter coming on Latrell Sprewell’s game-winning baseline runner with :00.9 remaining. After taking care of business at home versus the expansion Charlotte Bobcats on Mar. 8, the squad entered a stretch in which it would take on seven then-playoff-bound opponents in 11 days. The Wolves went just 3-4 in that stretch, with wins over Orlando (March 11), Dallas (March 15) and Houston (March 20). Minnesota needed to be near perfect down the stretch to remain in the playoff hunt, and did just that, closing out the month with a five-game winning streak to pull within striking distance of Memphis and Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The run included home wins over Houston (March 20), New Orleans (March 23) and the Los Angeles Clippers (March 27) and road triumphs against New Jersey (March 26) and the Los Angeles Lakers (March 31). The streak was fueled by Sam Cassell’s return to health, as he averaged 17.2 ppg during the run, after sitting out eight of the month’s first 10 games with a strained hamstring. Kevin Garnett averaged 23.5 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 5.4 assists during March, and was named Western Conference Player of the Month.

APRIL (6-4, 44-38) The Wolves won consecutive games three times in April, but the run fell just short as Minnesota failed to earn a postseason berth for the first time in nine years. After a month-opening loss in Phoenix on April 1, the Wolves beat the Kings in Sacramento for the second time this season, and took the season series 3-1. In the win, Kevin Garnett clinched his sixth consecutive season with averages of 20+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 5+ assists. The feat moved him past Larry Bird to become the only player ever to post such numbers in six seasons. After another record-setting win over Utah on April 6, in which the Wolves limited the Jazz to a franchise-low eight first-quarter points, Minnesota dropped back-to-back games to Denver and Atlanta. The Wolves’ playoff-hopes lingered for another week, as the Wolves beat Golden State and Utah to stay in the hunt, but a loss to Seattle on April 17 sealed their fate. Minnesota activated second-year forward Ndudi Ebi for the final two contests, and the second-year player averaged 13.5 points and eight rebounds as the Wolves finished the year with victories over New Orleans (April 18) and San Antonio (April 20). The two wins brought the Wolves’ record to 44-38 and left them a game behind Memphis for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Garnett finished the season as the league’s leading rebounder (1108; 13.5 rpg), and Fred Hoiberg ended the year ranked first in the NBA, and in Timberwolves history, with a three-point field-goal percentage of .483.

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