MINNEAPOLIS — Anthony Edwards scored a career-high 34 factors and threw down one other huge dunk because the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves held on to beat the Portland Path Blazers 114-112 on Sunday.
At 19 years and 221 days outdated, Edwards turned the youngest participant in Timberwolves historical past with a 30-point sport.
“Irrespective of if I am taking part in good or dangerous, if it is time for a big-time shot, I at all times need the ball it doesn’t matter what,” Edwards mentioned of his fourth quarter, by which he scored 13 factors. “That is simply who I’m, but it surely simply occurred to be sport. I used to be simply telling them to provide me the ball and get out of the way in which.”
Ricky Rubio added 15 factors, together with eight free throws within the last seconds. Karl-Anthony Cities had 13 factors as Minnesota began with simply 10 gamers, after rookie Jaden McDaniels was added to the well being and security protocols earlier than the sport.
Neither workforce may draw back for 3 quarters, with the biggest lead being simply six factors for the squads taking part in with out a number of key gamers and on the second sport of a back-to-back.
Minnesota began to drag away early within the fourth, and it wasn’t shocking to see Edwards in the midst of the motion.
The No. 1 total draft decide left the sport for a number of minutes after a midair collision with Blazers heart Enes Kanter however later returned after being examined by the athletic coach. Edwards drained three 3-pointers within the fourth quarter and punctuated the efficiency with a flying dunk down the center of the lane with 4:09 remaining to provide the Wolves a 10-point benefit.
“I be smiling each time as a result of I do know individuals do not wanna bounce due to what they noticed a pair weeks in the past or like a month in the past,” Edwards mentioned of Sunday’s dunk whereas referencing his now-famous jam over Toronto Raptors ahead Yuta Watanabe on Feb. 19. “So, I simply attempt to, you realize, energy dunk it each time to place much more concern into them so they do not wish to bounce in any respect.”
Regardless of one other unbelievable feat, Edwards did most of his injury behind the 3-point line. He had a career-high six 3s, his 13th sport with at the very least three in a sport, marking the second-most such video games as a rookie in workforce historical past. Stephon Marbury had 15 in 1997.
“He is fearless,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch mentioned of Edwards. “That is what you need from all of your nice offensive gamers — fearless — and as he learns the NBA and learns his personal sport and tries to grasp these particular person conditions that he finds himself in, which he’ll over time. It is enjoyable to see him taking part in like that, for positive.”
The Timberwolves have now received two of their previous three video games and are 2-6 below Finch, who changed Ryan Saunders as coach final month.
Edwards mentioned he acquired a textual content from somebody who believes the workforce — which at 9-30 nonetheless has the league’s worst file — is about to start out a profitable streak.
“It is simply loopy, however I really feel like we will go on a big, super profitable streak,” Edwards mentioned. “If we simply keep locked in and engaged on all the pieces that we’re doing, we will go on a profitable streak.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.