There was one question hanging over the Minnesota Timberwolves following their loss to Phoenix. Despite the end result, Minnesota played hard and competed with one of the NBA’s top teams at Target Center.
But could it do it again? Could the Wolves follow up one solid performance with another?
Short answer: No.
They did win, though.
Anthony Edwards scored 16 points in the final frame, burying four triples, to lead Minnesota to a 107-97 win over Sacramento at Target Center.
If you’re the Timberwolves, it’s better to win ugly than lose ugly. And Wednesday certainly was ugly.
Sacramento (6-9) turned the ball over time and time again and struggled to shoot, but stayed in the game because Minnesota’s offense struggled again, and the Kings beat the Timberwolves up on the offensive glass for much of the night.
The game had the feel of two struggling teams looking for ways to lose. Sacramento had 14 turnovers in the first half while shooting 33 percent from the field, and somehow led the Wolves by four at the break.
Minnesota (5-9) did emerge the victor, mustering up just enough offense in the fourth quarter, largely from Edwards. The second-year standout hit one big shot after another to give Minnesota a cushion in what was a tie game in the fourth quarter. Edwards finished with 26 points for the night.
Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 22 points and six rebounds, while Patrick Beverley added 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three blocked shots. De’Aaron Fox led Sacramento with 28 points and five assists.
Minnesota hosts San Antonio on the second half of a back to back for the Wolves on Thursday.