Anthony Edwards put up a triple over Carmelo Anthony midway through the fourth quarter Sunday night at Target Center, and drilled it.
Edwards then looked at the future Hall of Famer and put three fingers up to his temple, Anthony’s signature celebration.
These are the moments for which Edwards yearns. And he’s starting to seize them.
A night after taking over offensively in the final five minutes of Minnesota’s loss to Portland on Saturday, Edwards did so again at Target Center on Sunday, this time in a winning effort.
Behind Edwards’ 13 fourth-quarter points, the Wolves bested the Blazers 114-112 to split the two-game set.
Edwards finished the night with 34 points on 12 for 24 shooting, making six triples.
This all after the rookie wing briefly left the game in the third quarter after awkwardly coming down on his right leg on a made bucket at the rim. Edwards stayed down on the floor for awhile after the fall, gingerly walked off the floor and didn’t return to action until there were 7 minutes, 21 seconds to play in the fourth.
He immediately went into attack mode. He hit triples on each of his next two possessions. Also included in his fourth quarter surge was a monstrous slam.
While many yearn for the offense to run through Karl-Anthony Towns at all times, particularly late in close games, NBA games are often won late by star wing scorers. Edwards has the potential to be just that, as he displayed again Sunday.
He provided the offensive juice on a night when Minnesota’s defense was again strong. The Timberwolves (10-30) are showing improvement in that area coming out of the break.
Damian Lillard was again great for Portland — finishing with 38 points on just 21 shots, including six triples — but with Minnesota up by four and 20 seconds to play, the Wolves forced Lillard into a tough look from deep, on which he barely caught the rim.
And, as Portland tried to rally in the closing seconds, Minnesota did something it’s struggled to do much of the season — make free-throws.