Timberwolves use total team effort to take down Suns in critical game 2

Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels
Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels / Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves went on a double-digit run to open the fourth quarter and eventually took down the Phoenix Suns 105-93 to secure a critical 2-0 series lead in game two on Tuesday night at the Target Center.

Despite a quiet performance from star guard Anthony Edwards, the Timberwolves were fueled by six double-figure scorers including forward Jaden McDaniels. The young two-way wing finished with a playoff career-high 25 points and eight rebounds.

It appeared the game was going to come down to the wire until Minnesota started the fourth quarter on a dominant 15-5 run to create separation and pull away for a second consecutive home victory to begin the postseason.

Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert totaled 18 points, nine rebounds, and three steals, while point guard Mike Conley Jr. got back on track after a poor showing in Game 1 with 18 points on 3-of-6 shooting from 3-point territory.

Chris Finch’s team continues to play at a high level on defense as the Suns struggled to find a rhythm all night long en route to committing an alarming 20 turnovers and scoring just eight fast break points in the loss.

In addition to having a balanced offensive attack, the Timberwolves shut down the Suns' leading scorers. Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, and Bradley Beal combined for only 52 points on 18-of-45 shooting from the field.

Even though it’s human nature to relax a little bit after taking a 2-0 lead, Minnesota must remain focused on both ends of the floor because Phoenix will have a chance to sneak back into the series at home in game three.

With an opportunity to keep the recent momentum going and potentially grab a commanding 3-0 series advantage in the first round, the Timberwolves are scheduled to travel to Phoenix for a must-see game three on Friday night!