There were so many times on Wednesday that it looked like Miami was about to move away from the Timberwolves.
Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell were largely absent for the first three-plus quarters. Miami played well over long stretches, creating a seven and eight point lead in the regular play.
But every time “Wolves” found themselves in a seemingly terrible situation, their prime-time performer was at his best.
Anthony Edwards retreats immediately.
Second-year best at Wednesday’s highlight of the season at Target Center ended with 33 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as Minnesota topped Miami 113-101 for their fifth straight win, Wednesday’s win easily considered the biggest. ligaments.
The Target Center had a noisy and noisy environment, just the way Edwards likes it. The house was filled with a Thanksgiving crowd that wanted to cheer for the Wolves for their recent success and praise Jimmy Butler.
The last, final villain of this franchise after he escaped from Minnesota, he heard this from fans every time he touched the ball. But the pain of Butler’s departure is likely long gone for Wolves fans, now that they’ve got a new superstar in the face of Edwards.
Butler may have been the last player to take Minnesota to the playoffs, but Edwards looks set to be next.
In Minnesota’s recent victories, Edwards seemed happy to fade into the background. He made just 21 shots in dominant victories over Memphis and San Antonio, determined to let others find their way.
But on Wednesday, with Townes hitting three quick fouls and Patrick Beverly out of the game in the first quarter with a groin injury, Edwards knew it was time for him to take the load.
And he did it with pleasure.
The crowd expressed their gratitude to the young superstar as they ticked off the final seconds, showering Edwards with a chant of “MVP” as he pumped them up.
The future of Minnesota is here, and it’s terribly bright.