NBA: Anthony Edwards puts up 49 as Timberwolves wallop Spurs

Minnesota Timberwolves ahead Anthony Edwards (1) shoots in opposition to San Antonio Spurs ahead Josh Richardson (7) within the fourth quarter at Goal Middle. Necessary Credit score: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports activities

Anthony Edwards poured in a career-high 49 factors to guide the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 127-121 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday in Minneapolis in a recreation with Western Convention playoff implications.

As a result of the Denver Nuggets (48-33) additionally received on Thursday, the Timberwolves (46-35) are locked into the seventh spot within the West, which suggests a house recreation in opposition to the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers (40-40) within the play-in event on Tuesday.

Regardless of the loss, San Antonio (34-46) continues to be within the working for the ninth spot (and a house recreation within the play-in tourney) however must win its ultimate two video games and have the New Orleans Pelicans (36-44) lose their ultimate two.

The Timberwolves have been up by 12 after a free throw by Edwards with 1:36 left, however San Antonio fought again as Minnesota tried to ensure Edwards topped his earlier profession excessive of 48 factors. The Spurs pulled inside 125-121 with 8.4 seconds remaining however may get no nearer.

Karl-Anthony Cities added 21 factors and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves, with Malik Beasley and Jaylen Nowell scoring 11 every and Jaden McDaniels hitting for 10.

Keldon Johnson scored 20 factors to guide the Spurs, who had received seven of their earlier eight video games. Devin Vassell added 18, Jakob Poeltl racked up 15 factors and 17 rebounds, and Keita Bates-Diop and Tre Jones scored 14 every.

Each groups have been with out key gamers. The Spurs’ Dejounte Murray missed the sport on account of an upper-respiratory sickness and Lonnie Walker IV was out with a sore again. The Timberwolves’ D’Angelo Russell was a late scratch due to a hamstring damage.

Minnesota received the bounce on the Spurs early within the first quarter, main 25-18 after a 3-pointer by Edwards on the 3:41 mark. However San Antonio rallied, outscoring the Timberwolves 17-5 over the remainder of the interval to take a 35-30 lead after 12 minutes of play.

The Timberwolves roared again within the second, going up 53-48 after a dunk and a 3-pointer by Cities on the way in which to a 64-57 benefit on the break.

Edwards had 20 factors within the first half, 15 of them within the opening quarter, whereas Cities and Nowell added 11 factors every for the Timberwolves. Vassell, with 11 factors, was the one San Antonio participant in double figures earlier than halftime.

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