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Madsen Scoffs at Winning Threat


Timberwolves unleash secret weapon late to finish season tied for the 6th spot

April 20, 2006 9:01 AM
With their inferiority on the line, the Minnesota Timberwolves looked victory straight in the eyes and laughed, for victory had never seen the likes of Mark Madsen.

Simply put, we witnessed the greatest individual performance in NBA Lottery Race history Wednesday night. Inept? Pathetic? Historic? All words that aptly describe the play of Madsen, who has no contemporary in this league or any other.

In the biggest tank job of the season, the Timberwolves were successfuly able to dump off a 7-point edge with 2:20 left by sending Madsen out to take 15 shots (making just 1) and 7 three-pointers (making none) -- all coming in two overtime sessions! Off-The-Mark, who came in having shot 9 threes total over his 6-year career, simply willed Minnesota to the loss.

"There's Mark Madsen and then there is the rest of us," said Grizzlies guard Bobby Jackson.

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The Highway to Hell
Phoenix Suns
Record: 21-61
LOTTERY RACE L W GA PCT Pick1
1 Phoenix Suns 61 21 -- .256 25.00%
2 Memphis Grizzlies 60 22 1 .268 19.90%
3 Atlanta Hawks 58 24 3 .293 13.80%
3 Dallas Mavericks 58 24 3 .293 13.70%
5 Orlando Magic 57 25 4 .305 8.80%
6 Chicago Bulls 55 27 6 .329 5.30%
6 Sacramento Kings 55 27 6 .329 5.30%
8 Brooklyn Nets 54 28 7 .341 2.30%
9 New York Knicks 53 29 8 .354 2.20%
10 Los Angeles Lakers 47 35 14 .427 1.10%
11 Charlotte Hornets 46 36 15 .439 0.80%
12 Detroit Pistons 43 39 18 .476 0.70%
13 Los Angeles Clippers 40 42 21 .512 0.60%
14 Denver Nuggets 36 46 25 .561 0.50%
NEEDING TO LOSE...
15 Washington Wizards 39 43 22 .524 --
16 Milwaukee Bucks 38 44 23 .537 --
17 Miami Heat 38 44 23 .537 --

LOTTO CLASSICS: MUST LOSE GAMES
ALL TIMES CST
PAST RECAPS & FULL ROCKET SCHEDULE

"The point is, ladies and gentleman, that losing -- for lack of a better word -- is good. Losing is right. Losing works."



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