Many of the bigger Timberwolves wins this season have come thanks to big Anthony Edwards performances.
He scored 42 points in Minnesota’s upset victory over Phoenix. He was a late-game hero in the Timberwolves’ win over New York. He was spectacular in every sense in the Timberwolves’ triumph in Utah.
And he carried Minnesota in the fourth quarter of the Timberwolves’ 126-114 victory Thursday over Golden State.
The rookie wing scored 18 of his 25 points in the final frame. The win was victory No. 1,000 for Minnesota. The franchise’s hope is, with Edwards on the roster, the next 1,000 will come far quicker.
Minnesota (20-44) has now won four straight games — its first four-game winning streak since the 2017-18 season — a sign that the franchise on a better track. Edwards has played a big role in that resurgence.
As good as Edwards made the future look, Thursday’s game also provided a look into the team’s forgettable past. Steph Curry, whom Minnesota passed twice on in the 2009 NBA Draft, had a spectacular second half. He scored 24 points over the game’s final 24 minutes. Ironically, for much of the night, Curry was dueling Ricky Rubio, whom the Wolves selected sixth overall in that 2009 draft.
Rubio was firing on all cylinders, going 5 for 8 from 3-point range en route to his 26-point, six-assist, six-rebound performance. Karl-Anthony Towns added 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Golden State (31-32) led Minnesota by two after the third frame, but Edwards’ fourth-quarter takeover put Minnesota in control for much of the final quarter. Late-game execution has been a trademark for Minnesota of late, particularly during this recent winning streak.
The Wolves are often finding ways to score and get stops when they matter most.
That’s how you win games — multiple in a row, for that matter.