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In a dramatic turn of events, the Minnesota Timberwolves found their rhythm and fought off a potential sweep by edging out the Dallas Mavericks 105-100 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night. The victory, propelled by a resurgent Karl-Anthony Towns and a near-triple-double performance from Anthony Edwards, kept the Timberwolves’ playoff hopes alive as they head into Game 5.

Karl-Anthony Towns, who had been struggling throughout the series, shooting a dismal 28% from the field, delivered a spectacular second-half performance. Towns scored 20 of his 25 points after halftime, showcasing a stellar shooting display by making 9 of 13 attempts from the field, including an impressive four of five from beyond the arc. His resurgence was particularly remarkable given that he had picked up his fifth foul midway through the third quarter. Despite the foul trouble, Towns maintained his composure and played a pivotal role in securing the win for the Timberwolves.

Anthony Edwards was instrumental in the Timberwolves’ victory, contributing 29 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. His all-around performance underscored his importance to the team’s offense and defense. Edwards’ ability to score, facilitate, and rebound was crucial, especially in high-pressure moments as the Mavericks attempted a late-game rally. His near triple-double was a testament to his growth and leadership on the court, which has been vital in the Timberwolves’ deep playoff run.

For the Mavericks, Luka Doncic once again put up impressive numbers with his sixth triple-double of the playoffs, recording 28 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists. However, despite his valiant effort, the Mavericks’ shooting woes proved too much to overcome. Doncic, along with co-star Kyrie Irving, struggled to find their shooting touch. The duo combined for just 13 of 39 from the field. Irving, who had a perfect record in closeout games (14-0) prior to this matchup, had an uncharacteristically poor shooting night, making just one of six from three-point range and finishing with 16 points.

The Timberwolves’ victory was not solely due to the offensive heroics of Towns and Edwards. The team displayed significant defensive resilience, particularly in the final minutes of the game. Key defensive plays and crucial stops helped Minnesota maintain their lead against a relentless Mavericks offense. The team’s cohesion and determination were evident as they executed their game plan effectively to hold off Dallas’ late-game surge.

With the series now at 3-1, the Timberwolves have earned themselves a chance to fight another day. Game 5 is set for Thursday night, and Minnesota will need to carry the momentum from this win into that critical matchup. For Dallas, it will be an opportunity to close out the series at home and advance to the NBA Finals. The pressure is on both teams as the Western Conference Finals continue to unfold in dramatic fashion.

The Timberwolves’ victory marks their first trip to the conference finals in 20 years and only the second in the franchise’s 35-season history. With their backs against the wall, Minnesota has shown that they are not ready to bow out just yet, setting the stage for what promises to be an electrifying Game 5.

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