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Wolves stay alive with a 105-100 win in Game Four

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES 105, DALLAS MAVERICKS 100
May 28, 2024

TIMBER WOLVES NOTES
Player notes
• Anthony Edwards led the way for the Timberwolves tonight with a game-high 29 points, a team-high 10 rebounds and a team-high and playoff career-high nine assists. Tonight marks his ninth 25-plus point game in this year’s postseason and his 15th career playoff game. Edwards’ 15 career playoff games with more than 25 points are the most in franchise history. Edwards is the youngest player in NBA Playoffs history to have back-to-back 25+ points/9+ rebounds/9+ assists games.
Player 25+ points Playoff games
Anthony Edwards 15
Kevin Garnett14
Latrel Sprewell 7

• Tonight also marks Edwards’ 10th career playoff game with 25+ points/5+ rebound/5+ assist, extending his franchise lead for such games. Edwards becomes the third player in NBA Playoffs history to play 10+ games with 25+ points/5+ rebounds/5+ assists age 22 or younger, tying Luka Dončić. Only LeBron James (16 games) had more such games before turning 23.
• Tonight was Edward’s fifth straight playoff game with 5+ rebounds and 5+ assists, tying Kevin Garnett (April 21 – May 4, 2004) for the most consecutive such games in franchise playoff history. Edwards collected six of his nine assists in the third quarter, the most assists in a single quarter in a playoff game in franchise history.
• Karl-Anthony Towns finished the night with 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting, including 4-for-5 from three and five rebounds, marking his third 25+ point performance this postseason and his eighth such match in his career. Towns is the first player in franchise postseason history to record 25+ points and 5+ rebounds while shooting 80.0%+ from deep (min. five 3FGA).
• Towns scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half, marking his fourth career playoff with 20-plus points. Only Edwards (nine halves) has recorded more such halves in franchise history.
• Mike Conley finished the night with 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting, seven assists and a game-high four steals, one shy of his playoff career high (five steals; May 25, 2013, vs. .San Antonio). Conley becomes the fourth player in franchise playoff history to record 10+ points/5+ assists/4+ steals and just the seventh player in NBA history to do so, aged 36 or older.
• Rudy Gobert added 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting, a team-high 10 rebounds and a block, marking his fourth double-double with at least one block in this year’s postseason and his 28th such match of his career. Since joining the league in the 2013 NBA Draft, only six players have recorded more such playoff games. Gobert also joins Towns and Garnett as the only players in franchise history to record more than 4 such games in a single postseason.

Team notes
• Tonight’s win marked the Timberwolves’ third victory this postseason as they faced elimination, the most such wins in a single postseason in franchise history.
• Minnesota is now 6-2 on the road in this year’s playoffs. Entering this postseason, the franchise has a total of six road victories in the postseason (6-27).
• For the second straight game and fifth time this postseason, the Timberwolves shot 50.0%+ from the field. Shooting 52.7% (39 of 74) from the field tonight was the highest shooting percentage of this year’s playoffs and the third highest shooting percentage in the franchise’s postseason history. The last time the Wolves shot better than 52.7% from the field in a postseason game was April 22, 2003 (vs. Los Angeles Lakers; 55.6%, 40 of 72).
• Tonight marks the fourth time this season that all five Wolves starters have scored in double figures. Minnesota is now 3-1 this postseason when all five starters score more than 10 points.
• For the second straight game and the eighth time this postseason, Minnesota outscored their opponent in the paint, outscoring the Mavericks 46-36 on the back burner. The Timberwolves are 7-1 this postseason when defeating their foes in the painted area.

(info courtesy of Timberwolves)

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