Wednesday night, in front of the crowded Target Center, it was Minnesota Timberwolves took over Miami Heat They were looking to improve to 0.500 per season and expand their winning streak to five games.
And that’s what they did.
Coming out of the gates hard, Karl-Anthony Towns made his third foul at the 7:28 mark in the first quarter. This triggered Chris Finch to pull Towns out of the game. Towns finished the game off the bench with Wolves heading into the locker room by 8, 62-54.
In his post-match press conference, Chris Finch said he might have brought the Towns back into the game if the Heat had started withdrawing, but since their lead remained at around the age of 10, he decided to weather the storm and ride with backup center options rather than risk committing Fourth mistake on cities.
That proved to pay off as Towns played a full 24 minutes of the second half. While his efforts won’t explode tonight in the penalty area, he was certainly a useful piece in this long-term win. The biggest and brightest part of his night came in the fourth quarter as he made a solid defensive effort against Pam Adebayo at the post which led to back-to-back triples for D’Angelo Russell and Malik Paisley on the other. End.
Minnesota dominated the third frame and left the frame by 4 points, after dealing with their work and beating Miami in 12. Then, the Wolves continued that effort and intensity in the last 12 minutes of play and overpowered the Heat by eight points to finish the game. Tonight with a 12-point advantage in the scoring column.
The clear champion of the night was Anthony Edwards, who finished the night with 33 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists in a high 43 minute match.
“Take over the game. Easy like that,” said D’Angelo Russell of Anthony Edwards after the match.
That’s right, Edwards has taken over the game. He would pull the rebounds, put his teammates in good positions to score goals, and score whenever and however he wanted. The sophomore year player also had some defensive stops and big steals that helped Minnesota keep the game in check early on as well as help retire late.
Anthony Edwards, who just finished his 90th NBA game and clearly knows when to take over and when his team needs him. It seemed like every time Wolves needed a bucket in the first half, Edwards provided one. This is something Minnesota has needed badly for years. They have it now.
In addition, Ant was robbed of the immersion of the year due to a bad contact charge.
After the match, Edwards gave his thoughts on the charging call.
“Zebra man, I don’t know. If I’m judging that match and you condoning someone like that, I’m not asking for a charge… I don’t care if he’s three feet above the circle, I’m not talking about the charge.”
It’s a shame that such a beautiful play wouldn’t be included in the history books, but I’m sure Edwards is happy to win regardless of whether the immersion counts.
D’Angelo Russell, although he took credit for his running mate, had a much-needed strong night. Russell finished with 20 points, scoring 4-10 from three and 2-4 from two points.
The other big factor that kept Minnesota afloat was the owner of Beasley. The Timberwolves have been waiting for him to come out of his slack to start the season. At times it seemed like he was about to do so, but he fell back down the rabbit hole. However, this evening may be exactly what the doctor ordered for him. He finished the match in second place, scoring 29 points, against 4-6 of two and 5-13 of three. He also played 38 minutes, which is the maximum he has played this season.
The man who seems to keep this team consistently in matches, not by scoring but by acquiring extra possessions, is Jared Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt led the team with 15 rebounds tonight, 7 of them on the offensive glass.
“That’s my dog,” Anthony Edwards said of Vanderbilt’s post-game game.
Tonight was a prime example of how Vanderbilt affected the win for this team. If you enter into Vanderbilt any possession, you will see a man who is determined to get the ball for his team. This is the player every NBA team can use and owned by the Wolves.
In general, the wolves did what they did best. Play with energy and aggressiveness in defense. This is what Wolves have won in this match, and most of their matches this season so far.
The Heat couldn’t pull anything together as they let the Wolves beat them by 12, despite Towns playing 5 minutes into the first half. Three positive players tonight are Gabe Vincent, Kyle Lowry and Caleb Martin. This does not mean a recipe for success.
The Wolves, who now have a 5-game winning streak, have improved to 0.500 per season and are currently ranked seventh best in the Western Conference. Their next game will be Friday night in Charlotte against the Lamelo Ball and the Hornets. Wolverhampton are seeking a record-breaking win for the first time since they were 3-2 earlier this season.
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