Timberwolves make comeback vs. Warriors possible

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During Wednesday night’s NBA game, the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Golden State Warriors 119-114 after D’Angelo Russell scored 14 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter. Anthony Edwards took over in overtime after Russell was fouled out.

In the first minute of extra time, Russell was out after two quick whistles. Edwards then took over.

A scoreless fourth quarter followed, but Edwards scored multiple points in traffic on multiple possessions in overtime. Despite trailing 11 after three, Edwards helped the Timberwolves complete their comeback by scoring just four of his 27 points in overtime. However, he played an important offensive role in extra time.

“We needed it,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said of Edwards. “It was good to see him get to the paint.”

In addition to Curry’s 29 points, Jordan Poole had 18 points, Klay Thompson had 14, and Draymond Green had 10 points and 12 rebounds. From the third quarter to renewal, Golden State made nine turnovers. Previously, they had committed eight turnovers.

“We were in control of the game and I thought we just wrapped it up as a gift,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “They took advantage of our mistakes and our lack of execution. … Everything we had done to control the game so far, we stopped, so we got what we deserved.”

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The Wolves climbed back into the game after Russell hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Reid hit multiple starting shots with 1:50 left in regulation, including a 3-pointer to make it 110-108.

“I just think we did it collectively as a group,” said Russell. “It was just a balanced game from our group. Everyone participated.”

Minnesota missed a great shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Curry tied the game at 110 with a driving layup with five seconds remaining in regulation.

With 1:43 left, Edwards hit a big shot into lane to give Minnesota a 115–112 lead. Reid, who finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, capped off the win with an emphatic dunk after clearing up his own miss.

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“That’s a team that won’t back down,” Reid said of the Warriors. “They are used to winning, so if we inform them early it shows that we are not here to back down. We are really here to fight.”

Golden State’s Curry was held to six points in the fourth and did not score in overtime. In their second consecutive game, the Timberwolves struggled from the free throw line. They went 13 of 24 after going 15 of 22 on Monday night. Minnesota was beaten 15-8 in overtime Monday night in their second straight overtime game.

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