Minnesota Timberwolves

Anthony Edwards: No. 1 overall pick's impressive run continues with historic night in win over Phoenix Suns

LaMelo Ball might just have a challenger for Rookie of the Year.

While the Charlotte Hornets guard is drawing plenty of attention, the No. 1 overall pick on the Minnesota Timberwolves is making his move.

Anthony Edwards torched the Phoenix Suns for a career-high and Minnesota rookie record 42 points in the Wolves 123-119 road win over the Suns.

The 19-year-old was 15-for-31 from the field, scoring his points on a mix of outside jumpshots while also adding to his growing resume of highlight reel dunks.

Edwards became the third youngest player to top 40 points in an NBA game at 19 and 225 days, with only Kevin Durant 19 and 200 days and LeBron James 19 and 88 days reaching the feat earlier.

Checking into the game with 5:48 remaining and the Wolves trailing 104-101, the athletic rookie took over, scoring nine points down the stretch to carry Minnesota home. In an encouraging sign for the future, Edwards often linked up with Karl-Anthony Towns, who registered 41 points of his own.

All of Edwards' three assists went to KAT while five of KAT's eight assists went to Edwards.

"We're starting to figure out what each other like," Edwards told reporters postgame. "It's kinda fun playing with KAT, not gonna lie."

The standout performance from Edwards was the continuation of an impressive run since the Wolves hired Chris Finch as head coach, in which he has topped 20 points in out out of ten games under the former Toronto Raptors assistant. Now averaging 16.8 points per game on the season, the recent hot stretch has seen that average spike to 24.7 under Finch's guidance.

Minnesota still hold the league's worst record at 10-31 but that might not last long if performances like this one from Edwards become a more regular occurrence.

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