The Timberwolves began the 1990-91 season with a 98-85 victory against the Dallas Mavericks as they christened the new Target Center before a sellout crowd of 19,006. The team was up and down early in the season, then stayed down for a seven-game December losing streak. They snapped out of it with a 126-106 win over Seattle on December 30.
In January, head coach Bill Musselman abandoned his carefully controlled game plan and introduced an early-offense strategy. The low-scoring Timberwolves immediately responded with an eight-game string during which they poured in at least 100 points per game. The more wide-open approach led to a three-game road winning streak. Overall, though, Minnesota was having expansion-club blues.
In April, however, the Wolves posted a 7-5 record, the first winning month in franchise history. On April 4 they set a team scoring record that still stands when they ran up 134 points in a victory against the Denver Nuggets. By winning six of their final eight games of the season, the Wolves finished with 29 victories, seven more than in their inaugural campaign. Campbell again led the team in scoring, this time with 21.8 points per game.
After the second season, Musselman was relieved of his duties. In June, Jimmy Rodgers was named head coach.