Anthony Edwards delivered a standout performance, scoring a season-high 44 points, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 118-110 victory against the Dallas Mavericks. This game highlighted the Timberwolves' resilience and the impact of key players in the absence of the Mavericks' stars.
Timberwolves' Commanding Performance
The Timberwolves showcased their strength at home, improving their impressive record to 13-1 for the season at their home court. Despite trailing by one point midway through the third period, Minnesota executed a decisive 15-3 run, taking control of the game and maintaining the lead until the final buzzer.
Rudy Gobert contributed significantly with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Karl-Anthony Towns added 10 points.
Gobert emphasized the team's diverse offensive capabilities, stating, “We’ve got so many weapons, so many guys that draw a lot of attention.
If we just execute and make the game easy, we’re hard to guard”.
Mavericks' Struggle Without Star Players
The Mavericks faced the challenge of playing without their leading scorers, Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.
Doncic missed the game due to left quadriceps soreness, aggravated during the Christmas Day win against Phoenix, while Irving was out with a right heel contusion. Despite the absence of their key players, Tim Hardaway Jr. stepped up, scoring 32 off the bench, and Jaden Hardy added 17 points.
Dallas Coach Jason Kidd recognized the team's effort, saying, "We’re never satisfied with losing, but there are a lot of good things that we can take from this. I thought the energy and effort, guys competed."Minnesota initially surged to an 18-point lead in the first quarter, with Edwards aggressively targeting Dallas' defense.
Edwards shared his mindset for the game, “I put it in my mind before the game, like, I’m probably going to shoot it every time I touch it. I feel like last game I left bullets in the chamber. So, I ain’t want to do that this game”.Despite the Wolves' turnovers allowing Dallas to stay in the contest, Minnesota managed to hold onto their lead, thanks in part to critical 3-pointers from Kyle Anderson in the fourth quarter.