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Anthony Edwards 2021 Minnesota Timberwolves rookie third youngest in .

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Anthony Edwards scored a career-high 42 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 41 and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to stun the Phoenix Suns 123-119 on 

Anthony Edwards gets past all five Suns on his way to a one-handed slam.

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PHOENIX — Rookie Anthony Edwards scored a career-high 42 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 41 and the Minnesota Timberwolves suddenly look like a respectable NBA basketball team.

The Timberwolves used the dominant Edwards-KAT combo and a fourth-quarter comeback to stun the Phoenix Suns 123-119 on Thursday night.

They’ve won three of five games since the All-Star break.

At 19 years and 225 days old, Edwards became the third-youngest player in NBA history with a 40-point game.

“Our future success starts now,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said.

Anthony Edwards became the third-youngest player in NBA history with a 40-point game.

The Timberwolves still have the worst record in the NBA at 10-31 but have played much better over the past couple of weeks.

Edwards and Towns carried Minnesota in this one, pouring in points from all over the floor.

After the game, Edwards gave away his jersey to his “blood brother” who was at the game and gave his shoes to some other fans.

The 19-year-old was grinning from ear to ear as he walked off the court.

“We’re winning,” he said.

“It’s always happy when we’re winning.”

Edwards, who was the No.

1 overall pick out of Georgia last summer, made 15 of 31 shots.

Towns was even more efficient, making 15 of 24 shots, including 5 of 7 3-pointers.

Juancho Hernangomez dunked with 2.5 seconds left to seal it.

It was just the second time in Minnesota’s franchise history that two players scored 40 points in the same game.

“Unbelievably special,” Finch said.

“They played pretty efficient.

KAT almost has a triple-double.

They were carrying us.”

Jevon Carter hit a 3-pointer just before the third-quarter buzzer to give the Suns a 91-83 lead.

But the Timberwolves kept the game tight, and Towns tied it at 107 after a 3-pointer with less than five minutes remaining.

Towns also added 10 rebounds and eight assists.

These were the kinds of performances the Timberwolves envisioned when they selected Edwards, who has a sweet jumper and produced a few highlight-reel dunks on Thursday.

The 6-foot-4 guard is averaging 30.6 points over his past five games.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Anthony Edwards set a new bar for rookie scoring excellence in dropping 40 on the Suns in a 123-119 victory

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Anthony Edwards scores a career-high 42 points, becoming the third youngest player to score 40+ in NBA history.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have seen 12 top-five Draft picks suit up for the franchise during its 32-year history.

None of them — or any other Timberwolves rookie for that matter — scored as many points in his rookie season as Anthony Edwards did on Thursday night.

The No.

1 overall pick of the 2020 draft poured in a career-high 42 points in Minnesota’s stunning 123-119 win against the Phoenix Suns.

The performance bests previous Timberwolves rookie nights by Zach LaVine (37), Karl-Anthony Towns (35), and Christian Laettner (35), and also surpasses Philadelphia’s Tyrese Maxey for most points scored by a first-year player this season.

At 19 years and 226 days old, Edwards becomes the third-youngest player in NBA history to score 40 or more in a game, trailing only LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

Edwards is also the first rookie to score 40 or more points in a game since Grayson Allen dropped 40 on the LA Clippers as a rookie with the Utah Jazz on April 10, 2019.

Edwards got to the rim at will against a Suns team boasting the fourth-best defensive rating in the league.

He shot 11-for-18 inside the arc and earned a game-high 13 free throw attempts, too.

His driving layup with 2 minutes, 36 seconds remaining put him past the 40-point mark and gave Minnesota the lead for good.

Edwards has been unleashed since Timberwolves coach Chris Finch replaced Ryan Saunders on Feb.

22.

In the 10 games since, the 6-foot-4 guard is averaging 24.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals while shooting a markedly improved 41.9% from the field.

“I put in the work,” Edwards said after Thursday’s game.

“I work in the dark.

It should come to the light.”

“He’s blooming for us at the right time,” Finch added.

Anthony Edwards is now the 3rd No.

1 overall pick in the last 20 seasons to score 40+ points in a game as a rookie, joining Blake Griffin (twice) and LeBron James.

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— NBA History (@NBAHistory) March 19, 2021

Edwards wasn’t the only former No.

1 pick to go off for the Timberwolves against Phoenix.

Towns also dominated the Suns’ normally stingy defense for 41 points of his own, an encouraging season-high after the 25-year-old big man had battled injuries and COVID-19 earlier this season.

For just the second time in @Timberwolves history, two teammates (Edwards, 41 and Towns, 41) have scored 40+ points in the same game (4/09/2017 vs Los Angeles Lakers: Andrew Wiggins (41), Karl-Anthony Towns (40)).

— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) March 19, 2021

Towns and Edwards become just the seventh pair of teammates to each score 40 or more in the same game over the last 20 seasons, and the first since Kawhi Leonard and Paul George did so on Dec.

13, 2019.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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