Anthony Edwards, Pat Beverley and the Wolves defeat Paul George and the Clippers in the 2022 NBA Play-In | Launderer’s report

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The No. 7 seed Minnesota Timberwolves is back in the NBA playoffs after beating the No. 8 seed Los Angeles Clippers 109-104 on Tuesday in the qualifying tournament at Target Center in Minneapolis.

LA led 93-83 with 8:54 remaining in regulation, but Minnesota responded with a 16-2 run capped by an Anthony Edwards dunk for a 99-95 advantage:

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Minnesota never trailed for the rest of the game, with Edwards notably hitting a big three-pointer for a 102-98 lead. The Timberwolves iced the game with free throws on the stretch to put the game away.

Edwards’ 30 points led the Timberwolves, and D’Angelo Russell shot 10 of 18 for 29 points. Their efforts helped overcome a night from All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns, who fouled out in the fourth quarter after just 11 points in 24 minutes.

Clippers forward Paul George, who started the game 2 of 10 from the field, finished with 34 points (10 of 24 from the field, 6 of 12 from three).

The Timberwolves hadn’t made the playoffs in four years before breaking that streak on Tuesday. The Clippers still have a shot at a playoff berth and will be looking to extend their playoff appearance streak to four.

Notable performances

Clippers F Paul George: 34 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals

Clippers G Reggie Jackson: 17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists

Clippers vs. Norman Powell: 16 points

Timberwolves vs. Anthony Edwards: 30 points, 5 rebounds

Timberwolves G D’Angelo Russell: 29 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals

Timberwolves C Karl-Anthony Towns: 11 points, 5 rebounds

And after?

Minnesota will face the No. 2 seed Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs starting Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET at FedExForum.

The Clippers will host the winner of the New Orleans Pelicans playoff against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday at 10 p.m. ET. in Arena.

The winner will be the No. 8 seed and begin their first-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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