July 13, 2024
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Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards took difficulty with the officiating through the workforce’s win over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder on Monday evening.

Edwards had a clutch basket to go up 4 factors with underneath two minutes to play within the sport. Nevertheless, as a substitute of celebrating as Oklahoma Metropolis known as a timeout, Edwards grabbed his wrist and peered at referee Mark Lindsay, indicating that he thought he was fouled on the play.

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, #5, reacts after an officers name on a play towards the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder through the second half at Paycom Middle in Oklahoma Metropolis on Jan. 29, 2024. (Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports activities)

“The refs was unhealthy tonight. Yeah, they was horrible,” Edwards instructed ESPN after the sport. “We was enjoying 8-on-5.”

Edwards instructed the native Timberwolves broadcast that he was going to “take the superb” and criticize the officiating. He added to ESPN, “The cat received their tongue tonight.”

Minnesota shot 15 free throws whereas Oklahoma Metropolis shot 22 free throws. Minnesota was known as for 19 fouls and Oklahoma Metropolis was known as for 17.

Edwards completed with a team-high 27 factors, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. The Timberwolves improved to 33-14 on the season.

Anthony Edwards shrugs

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, #5, reacts after a play towards the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder through the second half at Paycom Middle in Oklahoma Metropolis on Jan. 29, 2024. (Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports activities)

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“Anthony did a extremely good job with choosing his spots, trusting his teammates, enjoying clear and fast, getting downhill, placing the strain on them,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch mentioned after the sport.

Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 37 factors, and Jalen Williams scored 20.

“It’s why we play the sport,” Gilgeous-Alexander mentioned. “You play to play the very best groups within the league. You get up for video games like that. You actually get to check your self and see the place you’re. It was a dogfight tonight.”

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Anthony Edwards and Carson Wallace

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, #5, strikes to the basket beside Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder guard Cason Wallace, #22, through the second quarter at Paycom Middle in Oklahoma Metropolis on Jan. 29, 2024. (Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports activities)

The 2 groups cut up their 4 conferences of the season. They’re among the many two finest groups within the Western Convention. The Timberwolves are first within the standings whereas the Thunder (32-15) are third. The defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets sit in between them.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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