Anthony Edwards continued to show what he can do as a true top option in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 116-106 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.
With Karl-Anthony Towns still out, Rudy Gobert was also ruled out in the hours leading up to the whistleblower, leaving the Timberwolves at home as the underdogs against a full-strength Mavericks side.
But after one of the best games of his career against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday — when Edwards had 37 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds — the former drafted number one showed it was no fluke.
Playing against arguably the league’s best one-man show in Dallas’ Luka Doncic, Edwards produced an all-around performance with 27 points (seven-of-21 shooting), 13 rebounds and nine assists, helping his team build a score of 20 stitches. tampon before the last trimester.
After surpassing just six assists in two of his first 23 games this season, Edwards has now recorded at least seven in five of his last eight outings.
He was heavily backed against the Mavericks by Naz Reid, with the soft shooting center taking full advantage of his team’s absences and expanded role. He had 27 points on 11 of 19 shooting with 13 rebounds, after posting 28 points and nine rebounds on Friday.
Doncic was quiet for his 28 minutes, hitting just five of 17 from the field for 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
The win is the Timberwolves’ third straight, pulling their record above .500 at 16-15 after starting the season 2-6.
Giannis and Lopez dominate the interior of the Pelicans
Giannis Antetokoumpo posted his third-highest point total of the season when he dropped 42 points in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 128-119 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Both teams entered the contest in the top three of their respective conferences, but it was the 2021 NBA champions who emerged victorious, with Antetokounmpo shooting 12 of 17 from the field and 17 of 22 from the free throw line while than adding 10 rebounds.
Brook Lopez was equally impressive, also shooting 12 of 17 from the field for 30 points, although his league-leading number in blocks per game (2.8) fell slightly after blocking a single shot against the Pelicans.
Young carries Hawks offense
Trae Young played in his fifth game of the season with at least 30 points and 10 assists in a narrow 126-125 victory to end an Orlando Magic six-game winning streak.
Young finished with 37 points on 11 of 22 shooting, while providing 13 assists. None of his teammates have scored more than rookie AJ Griffin’s 19 from the bench.
It was comfortably the best game of the season for former No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz, scoring 24 points with nine assists and six rebounds as the Magic’s starting point guard.