The Timberwolves used the dominant Edwards-KAT combo and a fourth-quarter comeback to knock out the Phoenix Suns 123-119 on Thursday night. They have won three of five games since the All-Star break.
At 19 years and 225 days, Edwards became the third youngest player in NBA history with a 40-point game.
“Our future success begins now,” said Timberwolves coach Chris Finch.
The Timberwolves still have the worst record in the NBA at 10-31 but have played much better over the past two weeks. Edwards and Towns transported Minnesota into this one, dumping dots all over the ground.
After the match, Edwards gave his jersey to his “blood brother” who was at the match and gave his shoes to other fans. The 19-year-old was grinning ear to ear as he left the pitch.
“We are winning,” he says. “It’s always happy when you win. ”
Edwards, who was the No. 1 overall pick in Georgia last summer, made 15 of 31 shots. Towns was even more effective, making 15 of 24 shots, including 5 of 7 3-pointers. Juancho Hernangomez soaked with 2.5 seconds to seal it.
This was only the second time in Minnesota franchise history that two players have scored 40 points in the same game.
“Incredibly special,” Finch said. “They played quite efficiently. KAT almost has a triple-double. They were carrying us. ”
Jevon Carter hit a 3-point just before the third quarter buzzer to give the Suns a 91-83 lead. But the Timberwolves kept the game close, and Towns tied at 107 after a 3-point with less than five minutes to go. Cities also added 10 rebounds and eight assists.
These are the types of performances the Timberwolves envisioned when they selected Edwards, who has a nice pullover and produced a few high-time reel dunks on Thursday. The 6-foot-4 guard has averaged 30.6 points in his last five games.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.