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Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards took subject with the officiating throughout the crew’s win over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder on Monday night time.

Edwards had a clutch basket to go up 4 factors with below two minutes to play within the sport. Nevertheless, as a substitute of celebrating as Oklahoma Metropolis known as a timeout, Edwards grabbed his wrist and peered at referee Mark Lindsay, indicating that he thought he was fouled on the play.

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, #5, reacts after an officers name on a play towards the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder throughout the second half at Paycom Heart in Oklahoma Metropolis on Jan. 29, 2024. (Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports activities)

“The refs was unhealthy tonight. Yeah, they was horrible,” Edwards instructed ESPN after the sport. “We was taking part in 8-on-5.”

Edwards instructed the native Timberwolves broadcast that he was going to “take the tremendous” and criticize the officiating. He added to ESPN, “The cat received their tongue tonight.”

Minnesota shot 15 free throws whereas Oklahoma Metropolis shot 22 free throws. Minnesota was known as for 19 fouls and Oklahoma Metropolis was known as for 17.

Edwards completed with a team-high 27 factors, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. The Timberwolves improved to 33-14 on the season.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, #5, reacts after a play towards the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder throughout the second half at Paycom Heart in Oklahoma Metropolis on Jan. 29, 2024. (Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports activities)

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“Anthony did a very good job with choosing his spots, trusting his teammates, taking part in clear and fast, getting downhill, placing the stress on them,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch stated after the sport.

Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 37 factors, and Jalen Williams scored 20.

“It’s why we play the sport,” Gilgeous-Alexander stated. “You play to play one of the best groups within the league. You get up for video games like that. You actually get to check your self and see the place you might be. It was a dogfight tonight.”

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Anthony Edwards and Carson Wallace

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, #5, strikes to the basket beside Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder guard Cason Wallace, #22, throughout the second quarter at Paycom Heart in Oklahoma Metropolis on Jan. 29, 2024. (Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports activities)

The 2 groups break up their 4 conferences of the season. They’re among the many two greatest groups within the Western Convention. The Timberwolves are first within the standings whereas the Thunder (32-15) are third. The defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets sit in between them.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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