Anthony Edwards scored 17 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, as the Minnesota Timberwolves stopped the Memphis Grizzlies’ winning streak at two on Wednesday at the Target Center. Memphis split its two-game road trip after a 127-123 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday.
Jaylen Nowell recorded a season-high 24 points off the bench, and D’Angelo Russell had 15 points and 10 assists for the Timberwolves, who snapped their three-game losing streak in their first game without injured All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns.
Edwards tallied five steals and three blocks for Minnesota, helping the Timberwolves force a season-high 27 turnovers and limit Memphis to 42.5% shooting.
Ja Morant led Memphis with 24 points, and Jaren Jackson Jr. registered his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Rookie David Roddy added 13 points in his hometown, including a personal 8-0 run to tie the game at 85 with 8:09 left in the game. However, Edwards hit a 3-pointer and dunked off a fast break on consecutive possessions to put Minnesota back ahead by five. The Timberwolves later used a 10-0 run to build the lead up to 13 with 1:22 remaining.
Memphis dominated the glass, winning the rebounding battle 59-29, but Minnesota totaled 13 steals and 11 blocks, including a career-high five rejections from Timberwolves reserve Naz Reid.
The Grizzlies will play six of their next seven games at home, starting with Friday’s tilt with the Philadelphia 76ers at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2. The game will be televised on Bally Sports Southeast and broadcast on 92.9 FM ESPN.