Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/14/14
MINNEAPOLIS With 67 seconds remaining in the Timberwolves' 2012 home opener, the sold-out Target Center crowd at once took its feet. It was uncanny, almost, the unity with which an entire arena rose and realized that the season it had been dreaming of since long before the last one ever ended would begin with a win. The fans got just a minute to revel in it. They should have had more time, perhaps, after the Timberwolves' early dominance, but a minute was enough. When a city is conditioned to believe that a blown lead can't be recouped and the fourth quarter is for listless sputtering, nights like Friday can be excruciating. When the Timberwolves ceded the lead to the Kings in the third quarter, it was easy to imagine the bottom had dropped out, that this team had regressed to some rougher, rawer form of its preseason self. Last season, stumbles became spirals into losses that no one wanted to talk about, much less think about. Last season, everyone held their breath ...
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