PHOENIX Anthony Edwards scored a career-high 42 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 41 and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to stun the Phoenix Suns 123-119 on Thursday night.
The Timberwolves still have the worst record in the NBA at 10-31 but have played better since the All-Star break, winning three of five games. Edwards and Towns carried Minnesota in this one, pouring in points from all over the floor.
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Edwards, who was the No. 1 overall pick out of Georgia last summer, made 15 of 31 shots. Towns was even more efficient, making 15 of 24 shots, including 5 of 7 3-pointers. Juancho Hernangomez dunked with 2.5 seconds left to seal it.
Jevon Carter hit a 3-pointer just before the third quarter buzzer to give the Suns a 91-83 lead. But the T’wolves kept the game tight, and Towns tied it at 107 after a 3-pointer with less than five minutes remaining. Towns also added 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Devin Booker led the Suns with 35 points on 13-of-22 shooting. Phoenix lost for just the fifth time in its last 23 games.
The Suns got off to a slow start, but back-to-back 3s from Dario Saric and Booker tied it at 25 by the end of the first quarter. Phoenix pulled ahead 58-53 by halftime.
Booker had 21 points before the break on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Edwards had 22 points in the first half for the Timberwolves, including a pair of powerful dunks after slicing through the Suns’ defense.
Timberwolves: Edwards and Towns combined to score 41 of the team’s 53 points in the first half. … Hernangomez had 14 points off the bench, and Naz Reid added 10.
Suns: F Cam Johnson missed his fifth straight game in the league’s health and safety protocol. … F Torrey Craig was acquired from the Bucks in a trade announced Wednesday. Craig wasn’t available for Thursday’s game. … Booker was honored before the game for winning the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Month in February. … Deandre Ayton fouled out with 1:10 left in the game. He had 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Suns and T’wolves meet again in Phoenix on Friday night.