MINNEAPOLIS -- Even after the final horn Wednesday, Damian Lillard was lighting up the Timberwolves.
The Trail Blazers point guard heaved a frustrated, whimsical and ultimately meaningless shot from behind half-court just after the fourth-quarter buzzer. Like so many of his low-odds-looking tries lately, it easily fell through the rim. It didn't count, and even if it had, Minnesota still would've walked away with an arduous win against arguably the NBA's hottest team.
By the time Lillard's last attempt found its target, blue and white confetti fell from the Target Center rafters. The moment, apparently, hadn't been lost on the game ops specialist that cued up that gem, which gave the old venue a playoff-win type of appearance in the aftermath of the Timberwolves' 120-109 victory.
This, though, was a regular-season game in mid-December -- one where an unremarkable, .500-again team learned it has some killer instinct nestled somewhere within its still-develo...