PHOENIX – Rookie Anthony Edwards scored a career-high 42 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 41, and the Minnesota Timberwolves suddenly look like a respectable NBA basketball team.
The Timberwolves used the dominant Edwards-KAT combination and a fourth-quarter comeback to upset the Phoenix Suns 123-119 on Thursday night. They have won three of five games since the All-Star break.
At 19 years and 225 days old, Edwards became the third-youngest player in NBA history with a 40-point game.
“Our future success starts now,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said.
The Timberwolves still have the worst record in the NBA at 10-31, but they’ve played much better over the past two weeks. Edwards and Towns led Minnesota in this one, pouring points from across the floor.
After the game, Edwards gifted his jersey to his “blood brother” who was at the game and gave his shoes to other fans. The 19-year-old was grinning from ear to ear as he walked off the court.
“We are winning,” he said. “He is always happy when we are winning.”
Edwards, who was Georgia’s first overall pick last summer, made 15 of 31 shots. Towns was even more efficient, hitting 15 of 24 shots, including 5 of 7 3s. Juancho Hernangomez dove with 2.5 seconds to seal it.
It was only the second time in Minnesota franchise history that two players scored 40 points in the same game.
“Unbelievably special,” Finch said. “They played pretty efficiently. KAT almost had a triple-double. They were leading us.”
Jevon Carter hit a 3-pointer just before the bell of the third quarter to give the Suns a 91-83 lead. But the Timberwolves kept the game tight, and Towns tied at 107 after a 3-pointer with less than five minutes remaining. Towns also added 10 rebounds and eight assists.
These were the kinds of performances the Timberwolves envisioned when they selected Edwards, who has a good jump and produced some highlight dunks on Thursday. The 6-foot-4 guard is averaging 30.6 points in his last five games.
Associated Press contributed to this report.