NBA News: May 29th

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In Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, the Minnesota Timberwolves avoided elimination by defeating the Dallas Mavericks 105-100, forcing a Game 5. Anthony Edwards led with a near triple-double, scoring 29 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing out nine assists. Karl-Anthony Towns, who had struggled throughout the series, found his rhythm in the second half, scoring 20 of his 25 points and shooting 9 of 13 from the field, including 4 of 5 from three-point range.

Despite picking up his fifth foul in the third quarter, Towns remained aggressive and confident. His crucial back-to-back three-pointers late in the fourth quarter gave Minnesota the lead. Edwards hit a key jumper to ensure the Wolves stayed ahead despite a late scare when he fouled Luka Doncic on a made three-pointer, allowing Dallas to pull within three points.

Luka Doncic recorded his sixth triple-double of the playoffs with 28 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists. However, his efforts, combined with Kyrie Irving’s, were not enough to seal the series for Dallas. Doncic and Irving struggled with their shooting, combining for 13 of 39 from the field. Irving finished with 16 points, hitting only one of six from beyond the arc.

Minnesota had led in the final minutes of every game in the series but had failed to close out until Game 4. Townsโ€™ late-game heroics, including a clutch three-pointer with 5:41 remaining and another on the next possession, solidified their win. Edwards further extended the lead with a jumper, ensuring the Wolves stayed ahead despite a late scare.

Coach Chris Finch, restricted to the second row due to a knee injury, was visibly passionate, earning a technical foul for his protests but also energizing his team. Mike Conley added 14 points, while Rudy Gobert posted 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Timberwolves dealt with significant foul trouble, with Towns fouling out and both Edwards and Gobert finishing with five fouls each.

Dallas struggled with poor three-point shooting in the second half, hitting only 29%. They missed the inside presence of rookie Dereck Lively II, who was out due to injury. Maxi Kleber, returning from a separated shoulder, provided some relief, but the Mavericks’ defense struggled, allowing Minnesota to shoot a series-best 53% from the field, impacting the NBA Playoffs odds.

As the series returns to Minnesota for Game 5, the Timberwolves aim to extend it further, while the Mavericks look to close out and avoid further complications. The upcoming game promises to be another intense battle as both teams fight to advance.



Anthony Edwards praised teammate Karl-Anthony Towns after his stellar 25-point performance helped the Minnesota Timberwolves avoid a sweep in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Edwards highlighted Towns’ confidence and key contributions in their 105-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, saying, “He was super confident. He played exceptionally well, and he’s the reason we won tonight.”

Towns scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half, including 10 points in the first seven minutes of the third quarter. He rediscovered his shooting touch, going 4-for-5 from three-point range. This was a significant improvement from his previous three games, where he shot just 3-for-22 (14%) from beyond the arc.

Minnesota managed to secure the win despite Towns fouling out with 1:38 left in the game. Edwards humorously remarked that he would “beat him up on the team bus” for leaving early. Edwards himself was close to fouling out, finishing with five fouls.

This victory marks the Timberwolves’ first win in the conference finals since 2004. Towns is averaging 18 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game in the playoffs, playing 32.5 minutes per game, giving a total thrill as for the NBA Playoffs odds.