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Anthony Edwards block, KAT dunk helps Timberwolves win Game 1 in Denver

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9)The Minnesota Timberwolves opened the Western Conference Semifinals at the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night, and their top two players provided a spark with a third-quarter drive in a 106-99 victory.

Anthony Edwards blocked a shot from Michael Porter Jr. on the edge with his left hand. Jaden McDaniels fed Karl-Anthony Towns, who ran around the rim for a dunk and was fouled. Edwards kept the Timberwolves in it in the first half, scoring 25 of Minnesota’s 40 points. The Timberwolves have been the best defensive team in the NBA this season, led by Rudy Gobert and moves like that from Edwards.

“It’s not just about me personally, it’s about my team. They give me confidence. In the third quarter I didn’t do anything, I was just running up and down. Mike and KAT came up big for us, so that gave me the confidence to try to find myself,” Edwards said.

Later in the third quarter, Edwards was called for a technical foul after staring down Reggie Jackson after beating him for a layup. The TV crew was unimpressed by the call.

“No way, no way. No Courtney, I’m sorry. We’re in the second round of the play-offs, emotions will always be high. That’s just a look. Come on, that’s a bad technicality,” said Reggie Miller. said.

Charles Barkley gave his reaction on TNT’s post game show.

“Hey, Mr. Official. No one came to see you play. Stop giving taunting technical details in the Play. No one came to see you. You’re giving a kid a warning. You don’t mention taunting technical details in the Play -offs. Don’t.” Don’t do that,” Barkley said.

Edwards finished with 43 points, a new playoff career-high. Towns had 20 points and Naz Reid had 14 of his 16 points in the second half, including 10 in a row in the fourth quarter as the Timberwolves took a 1-0 lead in the series. Minnesota started with an 18-4 lead, trailed 44-40 at halftime and won the second half 66-55 to win the game.

Last week, after a win over the Suns, Edwards told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, “I just want to kill everything in front of me.” He did just that with the Nuggets in Game 1.

The Timberwolves shot 27 of 38 from the field (71 percent) in the second half, led by Towns, Reid and Edwards.

The Timberwolves are now 5-0 in the playoffs.