Tempers flared in Minnesota!
Trail Blazers shooting guard Steve Smith was hit with a technical foul midway through the fourth quarter, but then he made the Timberwolves pay as the Trail Blazers took the best-of-five series 3-1 and advanced to the West Semis.
Smith hit a big-time 3-pointer just minutes after drawing the tech for getting tangled up with Anthony Peeler.
The Trail Blazers went on to eliminate the Timberwolves with an 85-77 victory back on May 2, 2000 sending Minnesota home in the First Round of the Playoffs for the fourth straight year.
Portland trailed 75-74 before Smith's 3-pointer with 3:45 remaining in the game. The Blazers led from that point on to finish off the series.
Smith finished with 14 points, while Scottie Pippen added 11.
Rasheed Wallace and Arvydas Sabonis led the Blazers scoring, both finishing with 15 points apiece.
There's no dispute that the late 1990s/early 2000s Trail Blazers team had a very talented and deep roster.
Just take it from Justin Wulf's tweet; this Trail Blazers squad was one of the best rosters not to win it all.
Can we get the 99-00 Portland Trail blazers.— Justin Wulf (@JustinWulf7) March 30, 2020
STACKED! One of the best teams to not win one.
In the losing effort of Game 4, Kevin Garnett nearly recorded his third triple-double of the series. KG finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Minnesota led 40-36 at halftime after holding a 13-point lead in the second quarter, which was the largest of the series for either team.
But, Minnesota's poor shooting, especially early on, was a deciding factor.
Starters for Game 4 of the Trail Blazers First Round playoff series against Minnesota in 2000
HOW TO WATCH: May 2, 2000, First Round playoff series -- Trail Blazers at Timberwolves
WHEN: Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30pm
Channel: NBC Sports Northwest, Channel 737 (Portland), 617 (Seattle)
Stream the game here.
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Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.