Wednesday in Minneapolis, Anthony Edwards led the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 109-101 win against the Memphis Grizzlies with 29 points, five assists, five steals, and three blocks.
Edwards, who made 10 of 18 field goal attempts, turned in his second impressive effort against the Grizzlies this year. On November 30, he contributed 28 points, as Minnesota defeated Memphis 114-103 on the road.
Jaylen Nowell scored 24 points off the bench for the Timberwolves, who won their first game without Karl-Anthony Towns while snapping a three-game losing streak. The three-time All-Star forward is out indefinitely with a strained right calf and will be evaluated in a few weeks.
Minnesota, outrebounded 59-29, including 20-5 on the offensive boards, was led by D’Angelo Russell’s 15 points and ten assists.
Ja Morant scored 24 points and dished out six assists to compensate for his seven turnovers before being disqualified with 1:28 remaining in the fourth quarter for arguing with an official.
Anthony Edwards’ Superb Performance
Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 16 points and grabbed 11 boards, while Tyus Jones and Minneapolis native David Roddy contributed to the Grizzlies, who came off the bench to score 13 points, matched their season high with 24 mistakes.
With 4:07 left in the fourth quarter, a basket by Steven Adams cut Minnesota’s advantage to 94-92 before Russell sank a 3-pointer on the subsequent play. Jackson sana two free throws to close the gap, but Edwards’ layup, Rudy Gobert’s slam, and another Edwards’ layup and a free throw on a technical penalty stretched the Timberwolves’ lead to 104-94 with 1:22 remaining.
Roddy scored two 3-pointers and an inside basket during three possessions to create a brief tie at 85-85. Edwards responded with a 3-pointer and a transition slam to provide Minnesota with breathing space.
At halftime, Memphis maintained a 48-44 advantage against Minnesota, but Minnesota began the third quarter on an 18-6 surge. Russell’s mid-range jumper, two layups, and three-point play contributed to the Timberwolves’ 62-54 lead.