Anthony Edwards scored a game-high 36 points in his NBA playoff debut and Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in 29 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 130-117 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of their Western Conference series on Saturday.
The Wolves took control early, leading by double digits in the first quarter before Memphis kept it close.
After Desmond Bane's 3-pointer cut the deficit to 101-98, Towns' dunk over Jordan McLaughlin and Malik Beasley's triple gave Minnesota enough cushion that Memphis couldn't crack.
With the win, the Wolves, who needed to win a play-in over the LA Clippers to seal the No. 7 seed, took home-court advantage over the second-seeded Grizzlies.
Beasley added 23 points off the bench, including 4 3-pointers, part of the Wolves' 16-of-41 makes from downtown (39%). Memphis shot just 7 of 27 from behind the arc (25.9%).
Ja Morant led Memphis with 32 points.