MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves weathered the absence of leading scorer Anthony Edwards to beat the Utah Jazz 101-90 on Thursday night.
The Wolves moved into a tie with Boston for the best record in the league (14-4).
Edwards, who averages 26.2 points per game, was sidelined with a right hip pointer he suffered in Tuesday’s win over Oklahoma City. Coach Chris Finch said Thursday he didn’t expect Edwards to be out long.
With Edwards out, Alexander-Walker had an opportunity to shine. The fifth-year guard helped ignite a 15-0 run in the second quarter that helped pull Minnesota out of a slow start.
Towns scored seven straight points during that run on the way to topping 30 points for the second time this season.
The Wolves shot 9 of 22 in the first quarter and trailed 23-20. Towns picked up his second foul with just over five minutes to play in the period.
Alexander-Walker scored 10 points in the second quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers. He also had a steal that led to a layup.
Minnesota outscored Utah 35-19 in the third quarter.
Jazz: At Portland on Saturday night.
Timberwolves: At Charlotte on Saturday.
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Tyler Mason, The Associated Press