T-Wolves’ Anthony Edwards smashes head on rim during nasty game-winning blocked shot

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Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star guard Anthony Edwards might have had one of the best game-winning blocks in NBA history on Thursday night against the Indiana Pacers – one that left his head hurting. 

With the Timberwolves owning a 113-111 lead with just seconds to play in the fourth quarter, Edwards could not hit the dagger two-pointer, and the Pacers got the rebound with time to go down the floor and tie it. 

Pacers guard Aaron Nesmith received a long pass, and it looked like he was going to have a good chance to tie the game with his layup. However, Edwards came flying out of nowhere and swatted the ball away just before the final buzzer sounded. 

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Anthony Edwards, #5 of the Minnesota Timberwolves, celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on March 7, 2024 in Indianapolis. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Not only did he secure the victory for his team, but Edwards got up so high that he smashed his head on the rim before a nasty fall to the ground. 

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“I think on the rim,” Edwards said after the game smiling while holding his head. “It’s hurting real bad and I landed on my wrist. But, I mean, you know I saw him in the lane. I knew he was going for the layup, and I was like, ‘Man, I’m finna go get this.’ 

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“I ain’t never jumped that high in my life.”

While Edwards’ block was the defining moment of the night, what he did for Minnesota with the score tied 105 apiece and 1:14 left in the fourth quarter was the definition of putting the team on his back. 

Anthony Edwards backs down defender

Anthony Edwards, #5 of the Minnesota Timberwolves, handles the ball while being guarded by Ben Sheppard, #26 of the Indiana Pacers, in the first quarter at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on March 7, 2024 in Indianapolis. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

First, Edwards hit a three-pointer that made it 108-105, and after the Pacers missed their attempt on the other end, he hit a pull-up shot for two to make it a five-point game. 

The Pacers were able to cut the lead to 110-108 for the T-Wolves, but Edwards hit a floater that furthered the lead a bit more with 21.2 seconds left. 

Edwards ended the game with a team-high 44 points on 18-of-35 from the field, including 3-of-7 from three-point land with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. 

Anthony Edwards reacts to play

Anthony Edwards, #5 of the Minnesota Timberwolves, celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on March 7, 2024 in Indianapolis. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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The win gave the Timberwolves their 44th win of the season, as they continue to lead the Western Conference by half-a-game over the Oklahoma City Thunder at 44-19. 

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