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T’Wolves’ Anthony Edwards complains about refs after win: ‘We was playing 8-on-5’

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Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards took issue with the officiating during his team’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.

Edwards made a clutch basket with less than two minutes left in the game for a four-point lead. However, when Oklahoma City called a timeout, instead of celebrating, Edwards grabbed his wrist and looked at referee Mark Lindsay, indicating that he thought he was fouled on the play.

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard No. 5 Anthony Edwards reacts after officials call for a play midway through the second half of a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City on Jan. 29, 2024. (Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports)

“The referees were terrible tonight. Yeah, they were terrible,” Edwards told ESPN after the game. “We were playing 8-on-5.”

Edwards said on a local Timberwolves broadcast that he would criticize the referees with the intention of “fining them.” He added to ESPN, “The cat was tongue-tied tonight.”

Minnesota made 15 free throws and Oklahoma City made 22. Minnesota was called for 19 fouls and Oklahoma City was called for 17 fouls.

Edwards had a team-high 27 points, four rebounds, and four assists. The Timberwolves improved to 33-14 on the season.

Anthony Edwards shrugs

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, No. 5, reacts after a second-half play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 29, 2024 at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City. (Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports)

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“Anthony did a really good job of picking his position, trusting his teammates, playing clean and fast and getting downhill and applying pressure,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch said after the game. he said.

Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 37 points and Jaylen Williams added 20 points.

“That’s why we play the game,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “You play to play against the best teams in the league. You wake up for a game like that. It really tests you and sees where you are. Tonight is a dogfight. was.”

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Anthony Edwards and Carson Wallace

Minnesota Timberwolves guard #5 Anthony Edwards goes to the basket next to Oklahoma City Thunder guard #22 Kayson Wallace during the second quarter at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City on January 29, 2024. Moving. (Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports)

The teams split four meetings during the season. They are one of the two best teams in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves are in first place in the standings, and the Thunder (32 wins, 15 losses) are in third place. The defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets sit between them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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