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Chase Center, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 18,064

Anthony Edwards leads Wolves into Round 3 vs. Warriors

According to STATS
According to STATS

Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors

  1. Minnesota and Golden State have split the season series thus far. Most recently, the Timberwolves defeated the Warriors on January 16, 119-99. The T-Wolves have defeated the Warriors in a season series only once in the past 15 seasons (2019-20 -- 2-1).
  2. Minnesota held Portland to 39.4 percent shooting in its 109-107 win on Tuesday. The T-Wolves have held opponents under 40.0 percent shooting in 11 games this season -- tied with the Warriors for fourth most in the NBA -- and are 10-1 (.909) in those games.
  3. Karl-Anthony Towns registered 17 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks in Tuesday's win. It was Towns' 10th career game with at least 15 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks, which is second most in T-Wolves history behind Kevin Garnett (27).
  4. Golden State recorded 31 assists in its 130-92 win over Dallas on Tuesday. The Warriors rank second in the NBA in assists per game (27.6) and have finished first overall in six of Steve Kerr's first seven seasons as head coach (ninth in 2019-20 is the exception).
  5. Stephen Curry recorded 18 points while shooting 7-for-16 (43.7 percent) in Tuesday's win over Dallas. It was Curry's 19th game this season with fewer than 20 shot attempts, and the Warriors are 17-2 (.895) in those games.
  6. Anthony Edwards notched his fourth career 40-point game on Tuesday against Portland, and he is still just 20 years old. The only player with more 40-point games before his 21st birthday is LeBron James (eight).

Anthony Edwards takes his fledgling campaign for 2023 NBA Most Valuable Player to the stage of one of 2022's frontrunners when the Minnesota Timberwolves visit the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in San Francisco.

After leading Minnesota to the fourth win in its last five games Tuesday night in Portland, Edwards seemed to take a shot at the NBA's balloting for 2021 Rookie of the Year when looking ahead to a bigger prize next season.

"I was a runner-up Rookie of the Year," he said after exploding for 40 points in the Timberwolves' 109-107 win. "But I'm going for MVP next year, for sure."

Edwards surely has distanced himself from last year's rookies. With a current 22.7 scoring average after going for 19.3 a night last year, he has accumulated 2,321 career points, more than 700 more than the Rookie of the Year choice, Charlotte's LaMelo Ball.

The 20-year-old added a career-best 48 to that total in his previous visit to Golden State in November. And he has since done something even 3-point king Stephen Curry didn't accomplish, becoming the youngest in NBA history to reach 300 threes against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

More important from a team standpoint, the Timberwolves' recent run has vaulted them into the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff chase. They finished last season with the third-worst record in the West to extend a streak of playoff-less seasons to three (and 16 of the last 17).

The Timberwolves have split a pair with the Warriors this season, each winning easily on their home court.

Golden State got 35 points from Andrew Wiggins in a 123-110 win in the San Francisco meeting in November, before Minnesota took advantage of Curry's absence to square things with a 119-99 shellacking on Jan. 16.

The road loss came as part of an 11-game offensive slump in which the Warriors failed to reach 100 points six times. They went 5-6 in those games.

But aided by Curry's 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, they were hitting on all cylinders in Tuesday's 130-92 romp over the visiting Dallas Mavericks. Seven Warriors scored in double figures for the first time this season, led by rookie Jonathan Kuminga with 22.

"It's a really good two-way game for us," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of his team's third straight win. "(It) feels like, these last couple weeks, we've been kind of grinding and just hoping to get out of the mud, and tonight felt kind of cleansing, like: OK, we're right again. But we got to prove it by having another good game (against Minnesota)."

The prize acquisition in the Wiggins acquisition from Minnesota, D'Angelo Russell, hit the game-winning layup in Portland.

A Warrior for just 33 games before getting dealt to the Timberwolves in February of 2020, Russell remains the only player other than Curry to hit nine or more 3-pointers in the 2 1/2-year history of San Francisco's Chase Center. In fact, Russell did it twice.

The Warriors also got the draft rights to Kuminga as part of the Wiggins-Russell deal. He has come on strong of late, having scored in double figures in six of his last nine games.

The 19-year-old never left the bench in the Timberwolves' previous visit, then had 19 points as a reserve in the loss at Minnesota.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 26, 2022

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