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Timberwolves' Game 7 win brings brief joy to contentious Minnesota Legislature

Timberwolves fans howl over historic Game 7 victory
Timberwolves fans howl over historic Game 7 victory 01:39

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sunday evening was a grim one at the Minnesota State Capitol, with lawmakers engaging in shouting matches during the final moments of the 2024 legislative session. But amid the chaos was a rare moment of bipartisan jubilation.

Minnesota House members were in mid-debate with just 2.5 hours left before their midnight deadline when a lawmaker made an off-topic announcement.

"For those of you who don't know, the Minnesota Timberwolves won Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals," said an unidentified representative.

Video shows most representatives leap into a standing applause as cheers fill the chamber.

The joy only lasted for a few seconds before the acrimonious vibe returned. Both the House and Senate descended into chaos after Democrats, who control all branches of state government, bypassed debate and went straight to a vote on a 1,400-page tax bill.  

The House and Senate are now adjourned, with Gov. Tim Walz announcing on Monday that he has no plans to call a special session.

The Wolves will reconvene on Wednesday evening for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks after they pulled off the biggest Game 7 comeback in NBA history.

The feat was accomplished on the 20th anniversary of the team's last Game 7 win, which also happened to be the birthday of the Wolves' patron saint, team legend Kevin Garnett.

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