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Timberwolves Blow An 18-Point Lead In Game 2 Against The Mavericks

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (5) shoots against Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving (11) in the second quarter during Game 2 of the Western Conference finals at Target Center in Minneapolis on May 24, 2024. / Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

(CTN News) – The second game of the Timberwolves Western Conference finals was played on Friday at Target Center in Minneapolis. After trailing by 18 points, the Dallas Mavericks overcame the Minnesota Timberwolves by a score of 109-108.

With three seconds left in the game, the team’s best player made the game-winning stepback three after Rudy Gobert was switched on to him.

Regarding Doncic, Gobert stated, “He made a huge shot.” “He made a huge shot.” “I let my team down on that last play.” Naz Reid, the Timberwolves’ star player, had an opportunity to win the game with a three-pointer, but it bounced off the hoop.

The third game of the series will take place in Dallas on Sunday night, with the Wolves currently trailing the series 2-0. The deadline is this evening at seven o’clock. In response to a question regarding his last-second shot, Reid said, “I thought it was good.” He added, “Shoot it with confidence.” Because it came in and went out, I had a good impression of it. This appears to be how the game is played.

Twice in the last moments of the game, the Timberwolves managed to give the ball away.

The Timberwolves’ coach, Chris Finch,

Feels that Mike Conley should have returned to the game prior to the game’s second-to-last possession. Finch said, “I’ll take that one, it’s on me,” which allowed Conley to return the game. This was in answer to the query as to why he did not opt for a timeout.

“Yeah, but we decided to flip it over because the ball had kind of stagnated,” the player replied. As was the case the night before, neither of the two turnovers that occured in the last minutes of the game will be sufficient to win.

Doncic had a triple-double at the end of the game, totaling 32 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds. Kyrie Irving, his fellow conspirator, was also a major factor in the Mavericks’ eventual comeback. Irving made three three-pointers in the first quarter of the game, despite having some early shooting difficulties.

This allowed the Mavericks to grab two one-point leads. This was the first time the team had taken the lead after the first quarter. Thirteen of Irving’s twenty points were scored in the final quarter.

The Timberwolves eventually lost even though they had the better of the game for the majority of the first half. Anthony Edwards’ contributions, who scored 10 points in the first quarter, allowed the Timberwolves to lead by six points at the half.

They extended their lead to 18 points as the second quarter went on. By the end of the game, Edwards had only seven assists, five rebounds, and twenty-one points.

The Mavericks mounted a quick rally toward the conclusion of the half, but the Wolves still led by 12 points at the intermission. The Timberwolves were able to increase their advantage to sixteen points at the start of the third quarter, but their shooting began to falter.

Doncic Timberwolves began to feel hotter throughout this period.

The Timberwolves made a run at the end of the third quarter to extend their advantage to seven points heading into the final quarter of play, but the Mavericks managed to close the gap to the team on two different occasions.

After then, Irving started to dominate the game, starting with the opening basket of the fourth quarter, a three-pointer. He passed the ball to specific players, like Daniel Gafford and Dereck Lively II, who finished the game with 16 and 14 points, respectively, when he wasn’t making shots from beyond the arc.

Reid answered several of Irving’s long three-point attempts with long ones of his own. Karl-Anthony Towns was overcome in the fourth quarter by Reid, who finished with a team-high 23 points on 8 for 13 shooting, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range.

Towns shot just 4 for 16 in his limited field goal attempts, and Reid finished with a team-high 23 points. Towns finished with 15 points and seven rebounds after the game. Finch claimed that Reid was doing remarkably well, which was the reason for this.

Finch said of the two difficult games. “We maintained our poise for the whole of the protracted series. Although there is still a great deal of basketball to be played, we must never stop improving.


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Salman Ahmad is a seasoned writer for CTN News, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the platform. With a knack for concise yet impactful storytelling, he crafts articles that captivate readers and provide valuable insights. Ahmad's writing style strikes a balance between casual and professional, making complex topics accessible without compromising depth.

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