Edwards, Russell Lead Way as Timberwolves Surge Past Clippers

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Edwards Russell Leads Way As Timberwolves Surge Past Clippers

Minnesota swept the Clippers in their first meeting this season and took home a big win in the process. Edwards Russell led the way for the Timberwolves with 30 points and Patrick Beverley added five rebounds. Paul George scored 33 points for the Clippers‚ but the Timberwolves were able to hold off George's late-game heroics. While the Clippers' star dropped 34 points‚ Reggie Jackson and Norman Powell each added 17 points. Edwards led the Timberwolves with 30 points and was 5-of-11 from behind the arc. Russell added 18 points and was 10-of-18 from the field and added eight assists.

Edwards Russell led Timberwolves with 30 points

The Timberwolves' guard Edwards Russell led all scorers with 30 points and 15 rebounds. The game ended 97-95 with Russell dunking a go-ahead 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. The Wolves never looked back from there‚ even though the Timberwolves couldn't get a call for most of the game. The Wolves were getting pounded by the Clippers for three quarters‚ but they locked down defensively in the fourth quarter and made life difficult for the Clippers. The guards made big plays down low for his teammates‚ while Patrick Beverley held off Reggie Jackson for a rebound and flexed to the crowd. Edwards started the game and remained hot through the first half. He had five rebounds and two assists and one steal in the first half. Edwards' play in the second half was crucial. With Towns foul trouble‚ he had to step up and make clutch shots. The rookie finished with 30 points‚ including eight in the second half. This was his highest-scoring game since Feb. 13. The Timberwolves are now in the playoffs‚ and Edwards has made his team's roster even more dangerous. After advancing through the Play-Ins‚ the Minnesota Timberwolves won their first round game against the Los Angeles Clippers. D'Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards combined for 59 points and six assists. The Timberwolves advanced to the NBA Play-In Tournament for the first time since 2004. The Timberwolves‚ led by Anthony Edwards‚ will take on the two-seed Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. The Timberwolves went on a massive 15-point run in the fourth quarter to take the lead in a game for which they had not won in the previous 12 games. The Timberwolves shot 66.2 percent from the field and hit 16 three-pointers in the first half. The Timberwolves have now won five straight games in the first half. During that stretch‚ Towns missed all of his seven field goals‚ while Edwards followed with a massive breakaway dunk. The Clippers' offense is too strong to hide Dario Saric and other Timberwolves. Against the Clippers‚ the Wolves were a playoff team that lacked a certain defensive intensity on some nights. And this game was no different. They needed to play like a playoff team to win against the Clippers‚ who were last year's Western Conference runner-up. But in the end‚ the Timberwolves looked like an impressive sum of their parts.

Patrick Beverley had five rebounds

Patrick Beverley had an impressive game for the Timberwolves on Tuesday‚ amassing seven points‚ 11 rebounds‚ one assist‚ and one steal in the win. The former NBA star jumped ship to the Timberwolves last season after the Clippers refused to give him a contract‚ and he made them pay for it with an outstanding performance against the Clippers. Beverley's energy and defensive tenacity are unmatched by any other player in the NBA‚ and he was in top form against the Clippers. Beverley led the way for the Timberwolves‚ with 10 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes. He had five rebounds in the first half and eight assists‚ including an assist to Luke Kennard on an inbound play. Kennard then fed Nicolas Batum for a slam dunk. The Timberwolves also got strong performances from Anthony Edwards‚ who scored 29 points‚ and Karl-Anthony Towns‚ who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Clippers were without D'Angelo Russell‚ who was sidelined with an ankle sprain. The Timberwolves started the game strong‚ shooting 50.5% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc in the first half. They went into the break with a 58-54 lead. The Clippers‚ meanwhile‚ were shooting 41.3% and were unable to stop the Timberwolves from shooting the ball. Beverley‚ who was questionable before the game‚ had a big impact. The Timberwolves are now 3-3. The Timberwolves are looking to move on from there‚ and Beverley will be an important part of that. Patrick Beverley had a career-high five rebounds‚ and he made his first NBA start. Beverley also led the Timberwolves in rebounds and blocked a shot from deep. Beverley and McLaughlin combined for 11 points and two assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves have qualified for the NBA playoffs with a play-in game win over the Los Angeles Clippers. They will face the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. The game ended 109-104 in favor of the Timberwolves. Beverley led the Timberwolves for much of the game‚ but they were only ahead by six points in the third quarter.

Paul George contributed

After leading the league with 29.5 points a game‚ the Timberwolves have lost two of their last three games‚ including their most recent matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers are now in the last four in the Western Conference and look to win their fourth straight game. The Timberwolves will next play the San Antonio Spurs or New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. The Timberwolves scored the majority of their points in the second half. They outscored the Clippers 38-17 in the second half after falling behind by six at halftime. Paul George had 17 points in the third quarter and finished with a game-high 24 points. D'Angelo Russell had a game-high 20 points while Eric Bledsoe had 14 points and eight rebounds. The Clippers had a slim lead with eight minutes left‚ but the Timberwolves held on for a five-point victory. Towns accumulated five fouls and lost 34 points‚ but Reggie Jackson and Norman Powell each added 17. Derrick Edwards and Derrick Russell led the Timberwolves with 30 points each and shot 10-of-18 from the field. Despite George's loss‚ the Clippers remain in the playoff picture as they play the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth seed. The Timberwolves will be without D'Angelo Russell after suffering an ankle injury. However‚ their starters are expected to be the same as against the Clippers. Patrick Beverley and D'Angelo Russell will play the guard positions‚ while Anthony Edwards will start at the small forward position. Jarred Vanderbilt will start at power forward. The Minnesota Timberwolves are now in the playoffs and will face the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the Western Conference. With a win over the Clippers‚ they will face the Memphis Grizzlies. The Clippers have one more game left‚ where they will host the winner of the San Antonio-New Orleans matchup on Friday. On Wednesday‚ the Spurs play the Pelicans while the Timberwolves will play at the Los Angeles Clippers.

Karl-Anthony Towns struggled against Clippers

For the second straight game‚ Karl-Anthony Towns was unable to make a difference. He struggled to make his presence felt on offense and defense. His lack of touch in the middle of the floor drew criticism. Nicolas Batum‚ the Clippers' center‚ was one of the primary culprits. Towns didn't get his shot off‚ resulting in four turnovers. The Timberwolves struggled to score in the first half‚ as Paul George manipulated their high-wall pick and roll defense. This left the Timberwolves unable to put away the Clippers. But their other big men‚ Paul George and Kawhi Leonard‚ combined for 50 points‚ despite having a rough shooting night. Together‚ they shot 16 of 37 from the field and 4-of-15 from beyond the arc. Despite the struggles of Karl-Anthony Towns‚ the Timberwolves were able to win the game without their star guard. Chris Paul is out for six to eight weeks and is expected to be out for at least six weeks. However‚ the Timberwolves still have an opportunity to make a deep playoff run. The Clippers will host the winner of Pelicans-Spurs game‚ which will face the Phoenix Suns‚ whom they beat in the Western Conference finals last year. The Clippers struggled to score without Towns‚ who struggled to score in the first half and fourth quarter. Towns struggled with the speed of his teammates‚ but he finished the game with 17 points and seven rebounds. Russell made the most important three of the game‚ and he nearly kicked Marreese Speights in the face while hanging on the rim. If Towns is not in the lineup‚ the Timberwolves are at risk of being eliminated from the playoffs. Even if Towns is playing his worst game of the season‚ a healthy D'Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards can still make the Timberwolves win the game. If Towns is not healthy and plays poorly‚ the Timberwolves will take a lot of risk.