Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards Adds His Name Next to LeBron James and Kevin Durant With Incredible Record

Published 03/19/2021, 2:35 AM EDT
Mar 16, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Losing to a team like the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are barely alive in the league with a 10-31 record, can be stamped as an unlucky night for the Phoenix Suns. This loss has cost them greatly as this one loss has them sliding down from the second to the third spot in the Western Conference, with the Lakers taking their place. Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards showcased a historic night, etching his name in the league’s incredible records.

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Anthony Edwards’ career-high creates history

Although the Minnesota Timberwolves hold the worst record in the NBA, they have shown some improvement after the All-Star break. They have won three of their last five games but have no shot at climbing the West fast enough to place themselves in the playoffs.

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However, their win against the Phoenix Suns came as a shock. Not only did Anthony Edwards ended the night with a career-high 42-point performance, but he also became the third-youngest player after LeBron James and Kevin Durant to score 40 in a game.

In fact, he has totaled 105 points since the last three games. This has made him the first-ever teenager to score more than 100 points in a three-game span.

Although he has lots to learn defensively, the young rising star is averaging 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. Along with Karl-Anthony Towns, who also showered a plethora of baskets on the Suns in this matchup, it was game over by 123-119.

Where did the Phoenix Suns falter?

The Suns had a slow start to the game, which the Timberwolves took advantage of. But with a plethora of three’s from Devin Booker and Dario Saric, the Suns were able to tie the game by the end of the first quarter. In fact, until halftime, the Suns were ahead of the Timberwolves 58-53.

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But Some of Edwards’ powerful dunks, mixed with Towns adding 41 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists and Juancho Hernangomez dunking with just 2.5 seconds remaining, did the trick for them.

Mar 16, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Alfonzo McKinnie (28) battle for the ball in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This loss hasn’t done much long-term damage to Phoenix, but they have to ensure they don’t lose easy games. In fact, they also have a shot at taking revenge as they have to face Minnesota once again. Will the Suns prove that this win was a fluke for Minnesota? Or will they see be handed another loss?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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