As the Wolves opened the season, only four holdovers from the 2002-03 season were on the roster. 10 new players joined the team during the offseason, including two trades and six free-agent signings.
December began in the middle of a five-game road trip, highlighted by an overtime win in Sacramento and a buzzer-beater two nights later against the Clippers. Minnesota finished the month with an 11-2 record.
The Wolves kept rolling during January, winning 12 of 15 games played during the month, including a pair of five-game winning streaks. The 12 wins in January tied a franchise record for wins in a calendar month.
Minnesota won 11 games in February, the third consecutive month with at least 11 wins. Kevin Garnett became the first player in NBA history to earn three consecutive Player of the Month awards.
2004 All-Stars
For the first time in franchise history, the Timberwolves had three representatives at the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, held Feb. 15 in Los Angeles: forward Kevin Garnett, guard Sam Cassell and coach Flip Saunders.
March was an up-and-down month for the Wolves, but at the end Minnesota moved 28 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history and stood 1.5 games ahead of the Spurs in the Midwest.
The Wolves finished the regular season on a nine-game winning streak. Minnesota earned its first Midwest Division Championship and finished as the best team in the Western Conference.
Playoffs Round 1
Top-seeded Minnesota wrapped up its first-ever playoff series win in 2004, defeating the eighth-seeded Denver Nuggets 4-1.
Playoffs Round 2
Despite Sacramento grabbing homecourt advantage with a win at Target Center in Game 1, the Timberwolves prevailed in seven games in their Western Conference Semifinals showdown.
Western Conference Finals
The Wolves met the second-seeded Los Angeles Lakers for the second consecutive postseason. The Lakers prevailed in six games, ending Minnesota's season.
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