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Edwards, Russell lead Timberwolves’ 150-point showing in win over Chicago

Minnesota as a team showed it was having fun throughout, and the fans enjoyed it right alongside the team.

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell dribbles against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, at Target Center. The Wolves won 150-126 to even their record at 15-15 on the season.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Anthony Edwards went hunting in the immediate aftermath off an ill-advised turnover that gave Chicago the ball with 2.1 seconds remaining in the third frame. He was primed to make a play. And, sure enough, he atoned for his mistake.

Edwards’ stole Chicago’s ensuing inbounds pass, then fired up an off-balanced 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Splash.

The scintillating highlight sent Target Center to a decibel level not previously experienced this season, and was emblematic of the entire evening. Everything went right — particularly offensively — as Minnesota downed Chicago 150-126 at Target Center.

The Timberwolves won their second straight without Rudy Gobert (sprained left ankle) and lost Naz Reid to a neck injury in the first half. Even without Gobert, Reid and Karl-Anthony Towns, they had no problem eclipsing the previous record of 149 set March 14 at San Antonio.

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A team starving for 3-point makes, really all season, but especially in Karl-Anthony Towns’ absence, hit them in droves Sunday. Minnesota (15-15) went 23 for 43 from deep in the team’s most impressive offensive effort to date. The 150 points marks the most in franchise history.

That effort got started with a scorching first half from D’Angelo Russell, who hit everything — including bombs late in the shot clock — en route to scoring 20 points in the first 24 minutes.

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Minnesota guard Anthony Edwards, right, looks to pass against Chicago center Nikola Vucevic at Target Center on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. Edwards scored 37 points in Minnesota's win.
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Russell finished with 28 points and eight assists. On the majority of nights, he would’ve been the star. But if there had to be one Sunday, it was Edwards. The third-year guard dominated the second half of play. After a 19-point, three-assist third quarter, Edwards tallied nine points and four assists in the fourth. The guard finished with 37 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.

He put a couple exclamation points on the performance late — once via a windmill dunk in transition, and again with a pretty finish in the lane in traffic, after which he smiled, looked at Russell and asked, “You like that?”

It was a special evening for a Target Center crowd that hadn’t witnessed many strong performances from the home team through the first third of the season.

Minnesota as a team showed it was having fun throughout the contest, and the fans enjoyed it right alongside the team.

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DeMar DeRozan led six Bulls in double figures with 29 but the club fell apart again in the second half, absorbing its fourth straight loss and falling to 3-8 in the past 11 games. Nikola Vucevic added 23 and Zach LaVine finished with 22 as the Bulls shot 52.3%.

Field Level Media contributed to this report.

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