No. 3 Minnesota Timberwolves stave off Western Conference Finals sweep | The GIST

    The GIST: There’s no season like the postseason, with thrillers everywhere you look in both the NBA and NHL Conference Finals. Stakes high, let’s fly.

    🏀 No. 3 Minnesota Timberwolves overcome another Luka Dončić triple-double, stave off sweep: With their backs against the wall heading into last night’s must-win Game 4, the Wolves (now down 3-1) brought the howl, winning 105–100 to force a Western Conference Finals Game 5 vs. Dončić and the No. 5 Dallas Mavericks tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. ET.

    • Prior to fouling out, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns nailed three fourth-quarter threes, while his rising star teammate Anthony Edwards finally found his stride, posting a team-leading 29 points. Stayin’ alive.
    • Meanwhile, the Cs clinched an NBA Finals spot with a 105–102 comeback win against the injury-depleted No. 6 Indiana Pacers on Monday. Jaylen Brown was named Eastern Conference Finals MVP and will be looking to keep it up as the Celtics shoot to snap their 16-year championship drought — the second-longest in franchise history.

    🥅 Florida Panthers even up Eastern Conference Final: After two straight overtime (OT) losses to the NY Rangers, the Panthers found redemption last night, winning 3–2 in OT behind a stunner from right winger Sam Reinhart and becoming the first team to beat the Rangers in OT this postseason. All tied up at 2-2, the series returns to MSG for a crucial Game 5 tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET.

    • Out in the West, the Dallas Stars (up 2-1) can make it three straight wins over the Edmonton Oilers during tonight’s 8:30 p.m. ET Game 4. Stars left winger Jason Robertson ended his 10-game scoring drought by notching a hat trick in Dallas’ 5–3 Monday victory. Does he have even more up his sleeve?

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