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Anthony Edwards gets the best out of his favorite player Kevin Durant in the Timberwolves’ win over Suns

MINNEAPOLIS — Anthony Edwards nailed a 3-pointer from the wing in a dominant third quarter for the Minnesota Timberwolves, nodding his head as he barked and staring at Kevin Durant as he retreated onto the court.

The young star tied the all-time greats with 10 points in a five-possession spurt as the Timberwolves closed the period on a 19-4 run for a 20-point lead en route to a 120-95 victory at the Phoenix Suns in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Saturday.

Edwards had 18 points in that egregious third quarter. He finished with 33 points – and a lifelong memory. After a turnaround fadeaway and another step back in the midrange, Edwards drained two 3-pointers in that stretch. In doing so, he threw some good-natured nonsense at Durant.

“That’s my favorite player of all time, so that was probably one of the best feelings ever in my entire life,” Edwards said.

Durant, the 35-year-old, 14-time All-Star with two championship rings, countless awards and what would one day appear to be a spot in the Hall of Fame, was equally impressive for the Suns with 31 points on 11-for-17 to shoot.

“He made like four or five straight buckets like it was nothing. And at some point I became a fan,” Edwards said. “We couldn’t do anything.”

The Suns felt the same way about the 22-year-old Edwards, who will play for Team USA in the Paris Olympics this summer and is quickly becoming one of the faces of the league himself.

“He has found his rhythm. He was able to hit a few,” Durant said. ‘He has seen some difficult players come in. Now he has confidence. He has always had confidence as a player.”

Durant was hardly offended by the audacity.

“Those are just hoops. You’re going to get hot, you’re going to make shots, you’re going to make tough shots, you’re going to get excited about yourself, so it’s up to me to keep coming back and show him a tough look,” Durant said. “He’s made some tough ones. You just have to live with it and move on to the next game.”

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