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Minnesota Timberwolves sweep Phoenix Suns, 4-0, in 1st round

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SWEEP. The Minnesota Timberwolves defeat the Phoenix Suns, 122-116, in Game 4, sweeping their first-round series, on Sunday night (Monday, April 29, Philippine time). MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES PHOTO

The Minnesota Timberwolves stunned the Phoenix Suns with a gritty 122-116 victory on Sunday night, completing a sweep and securing their first playoff series win in two decades. However, the victory was bittersweet as head coach Chris Finch was forced to leave the game late in the fourth quarter due to a serious knee injury.

The game showcased talents, with Minnesota’s young star Anthony Edwards stealing the spotlight. Edwards exploded for 31 of his 40 points in the second half, showcasing his offensive prowess and determination. He relentlessly attacked the Suns’ defense, hitting 7 of 13 from beyond the arc, including a thunderous one-handed dunk that gave the Timberwolves a crucial lead late in the game.

Karl-Anthony Towns was equally impressive, adding 28 points and contributing significantly in the paint. Towns’ dominance on both ends of the floor was instrumental in keeping the Wolves ahead throughout the contest.

The Suns, led by Devin Booker’s impressive 49-point performance, fought tooth and nail to extend the series. However, Booker’s heroics were not enough to overcome Minnesota’s balanced scoring and tenacious defense. Kevin Durant contributed 33 points for Phoenix, but the team struggled to find consistent offensive production outside their star duo.

The turning point came in the fourth quarter when the Wolves responded to the Suns’ late surge with clutch baskets from Edwards and Jaden McDaniels, who finished with 18 points. McDaniels’ impactful performance highlighted the Wolves’ depth and resilience in the absence of their head coach.

The game took an unexpected turn when Coach Finch was forced to exit due to a knee injury sustained in a collision with Wolves guard Mike Conley. Assistant coach Micah Nori stepped up to guide the team in Finch’s absence, emphasizing the team’s unity and resilience.

“It’s just next man up, even with the coaching staff,” Nori remarked after the game, echoing the team’s collective spirit.

The victory marked a significant milestone for the Timberwolves organization, ending a long playoff drought and signaling their emergence as a force to be reckoned with in the postseason.

As the Wolves now await the outcome of the Denver Nuggets versus Los Angeles Lakers series, they can relish in their hard-earned victory and draw inspiration from their remarkable journey.

For Minnesota, this win represents more than just a series sweep—it’s a testament to their perseverance, teamwork, and unwavering determination to defy expectations.

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