Anthony Edwards Leads Timberwolves to Dominant Game 1 Win Over Suns

Anthony Edwards leads Timberwolves to dominant Game 1 win over Suns, 120-95, with 33 points and strong team defense. Timberwolves aim to prove they can compete with top teams in the playoffs.

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Anthony Edwards Leads Timberwolves to Dominant Game 1 Win Over Suns

Anthony Edwards Leads Timberwolves to Dominant Game 1 Win Over Suns

Anthony Edwards scored 33 points, including 18 in a decisive third quarter, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 120-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns in Game 1 of their NBA playoff series on Saturday in Minneapolis. Edwards shot 14-for-24 from the field and 4-for-8 from three-point range in a dominant performance.

The Timberwolves outrebounded the Suns 52-28 and outscored them 52-34 in the paint. Minnesota's defense, led by Rudy Gobert, held Phoenix to under 100 points, a rarity during the regular season. Gobert had a strong game with 14 points, 16 rebounds, and constant shot-altering. Karl-Anthony Towns added 19 points for the Wolves.

Kevin Durant led the Suns with 31 points, but All-Star teammate Devin Booker struggled, shooting just 5-for-16 and scoring only 18 points. The Timberwolves' Jaden McDaniels limited Booker to 1-of-7 shooting when guarding him. Phoenix will need to address their lack of presence on the glass and overall rhythm if they hope to bounce back in the series.

Why this matters: The Timberwolves' dominant Game 1 win marks a turnaround from their three regular-season losses to the Suns and shows this playoff series could be different. The young Wolves, led by rising star Anthony Edwards, are aiming to make a deep postseason run and prove they can compete with the league's top teams.

The Timberwolves led by as much as 27 points in the fourth quarter in front of a sellout crowd providing "finals-level energy," as described by Edwards. "I think the energy was there," said Towns. "We really fed off our crowd, and we let that energy take us to a win." Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday night in Minneapolis before the series shifts to Phoenix.

Key Takeaways

  • Anthony Edwards scored 33 points, leading Timberwolves to 120-95 win over Suns in Game 1.
  • Timberwolves outrebounded Suns 52-28 and outscored them 52-34 in the paint.
  • Rudy Gobert had a strong game with 14 points, 16 rebounds, and constant shot-altering.
  • Devin Booker struggled, shooting 5-for-16 and scoring only 18 points.
  • Timberwolves led by as much as 27 points in the fourth quarter in front of a sellout crowd.