Edwards Leads Timberwolves Over Spurs

Anthony Edwards had 34 points and nine assists as the Timberwolves beat the San Antonio Spurs 134-122 at the Target Center. Edwards knocked down seven three-pointers in the contest, and Minnesota set a franchise record for most threes in a quarter when they knocked down ten in the first. Jaylen Nowell had 23 points off the bench as the Wolves improved to 3-and-2. Keldon Johnson led San Antonio with 27 points. The loss snaps the Spurs three-game winning streak. The Spurs are back in action against the Bulls on Friday night.



On tonight’s performance…

"I thought we competed well. We didn't play as sharply as we did the other night and they made 20 threes. If somebody is going to make 20 threes, you got to pick it up in other areas of the game, and we turned it over inordinately in the first half. But we were very solid in the third quarter. We were down 15, they cut it in half, only had two turnovers, and that says a lot about the group's character. They just keep on pushing and gave themselves an opportunity."

On Keita Bates-Diop and Josh Richardson stepping in with two players out…

"Everybody competed. We weren't solid and sharp in the first half, and they took advantage of it. But we fought back and that tells me a lot about the team. I think everyone tried to play their role and do what they can do."


On the team’s effort…

“Yeah, for sure. Devin (Vassell) is an enormous piece to our team, (Josh) Primo is another huge piece of our team, so I hope you know without those two guys things will be a little different. You know, it’s next man up, and I’m proud of how everybody competed, you know the Timberwolves are a tough matchup for any team, especially coming in short, it’s not easy but I think we competed for 48. I’m proud of the guys.”

On the team’s personality…

“I mean we’re a tough group. Unselfish, we’ve got a lot of guys who really want to play for each other and want to bring out the best in their teammates and you know, I’ve been in the league for eight years and that’s rare that you find that. I’m happy with these guys, with how they compete, how they talk, how they play together that’s solution-based and if people make mistakes, they don’t come for them. To be so young, I think they’re very mature.”


On never being out of a game…

"For sure, we never count ourselves out of any game. We know that it's a long game. Even the other night we were up a bunch and they clawed back their way back into it a little bit. We know it’s a long game, we’re a young team, there’s a lot of games left to be played. At all times we got to be working on our stuff."

On Jaylen Nowell tonight…

"He was just scoring it tonight. He's a really good scorer. He's been playing well this season. He came in off the bench for them and he was a huge spark for them, especially in the fourth quarter. We just couldn't string a couple stops together."

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