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NBA: Anthony Edwards saves Timberwolves in win over Sixers

/ 04:26 PM November 20, 2022
Anthony Edwards #1 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first half at the Wells Fargo Center on November 19, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Anthony Edwards #1 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first half at the Wells Fargo Center on November 19, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Anthony Edwards scored a team-high 25 points, but his most important play of the night came when he disrupted a potential, lead-changing fastbreak attempt to preserve the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 112-109 win over the host Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

It was the Wolves’ third consecutive road victory.

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Minnesota led by as many as 20 points in the final game of its four-game road swing but surrendered a 19-5 run over the last eight-plus minutes of regulation.

De’Anthony Melton pulled Philadelphia to within a 110-109 margin, connecting on three of his 19 points with 29.1 seconds remaining.

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Melton then stole the ball from Edwards on the ensuing Timberwolves possession and raced down the court for a layup. Edwards was right on top of the attempt, however, and Karl-Anthony Towns grabbed his eighth and final rebound. Edwards put the game away with a pair of free throws.

Minnesota surged ahead with a big start to the second quarter before Philadelphia whittled the gap to 12 points before halftime.

The 76ers — down three starters with Tyrese Maxey joining James Harden and Tobias Harris on the bench — struggled to get the deficit back to single digits until the closing stretch.

Joel Embiid fueled the comeback with a game-high 32 points, team-high nine rebounds and six assists. Melton shot 5 of 9 from 3-point range and Shake Milton finished with 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

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The final miss was a backbreaker for the 76ers, however, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Georges Niang added 15 points for Philadelphia, though he shot just 1 of 7 from 3-point range.

Minnesota got 19 points and seven assists from D’Angelo Russell, and Jaylen Nowell’s 13 points led the Timberwolves to a 37-20 advantage in bench points. Naz Reid and Taurean Prince added nine points each in reserve duty.

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