By ANNE M. PETERSON – AP Sports Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Anthony Edwards had 40 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 109-107 on Tuesday night.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who improved to 24-23 to surpass their winning total from all of last season (23-49).
The Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic had 20 points and 14 rebounds for his sixth consecutive double-double, the longest streak of his career.
The Timberwolves trailed for much of the game until they took the lead heading into the fourth quarter. They stretched the margin with a 3-pointer from D’Angelo Russell to make it 102-95 with 4:26 to go – the game’s biggest lead to that point.
Norman Powell made a pair of free throws to bring Portland to 106-104 with 54.3 seconds left. Russell then made one of two free throws, opening the door for CJ McCollum to tie the game at 107 with a 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left.
Russell got the game-winning basket with 2.9 seconds left on a goalie call against Portland’s Anfernee Simons. Russell finished with 22 points.
The Blazers were back in Portland for a quick two-game stint after a long road trip in which they went 4-2. While on the road, the Blazers saw the return of McCollum, who missed 17 games with a long collapsed right and the birth of his first child.