Utah Jazz guard Keyonte George (3) shoots past the outstretched...

Utah Jazz guard Keyonte George (3) shoots past the outstretched arm of Minnesota Timberwolves center Naz Reid (11) while guard Monte Morris (23) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 18, 2024, in Salt Lake City. Credit: AP/Adam Fondren

SALT LAKE CITY — Anthony Edwards had 32 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Utah Jazz 114-104 on Monday night.

Edwards scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half to help the Timberwolves pull away late. It was his second consecutive 30-point game against the Jazz and third in a row overall.

His effort on both ends of the court swung a tight game in Minnesota’s favor.

“He’s always been a guy who can really flip a game around,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said. “Knows when to raise it. Knows when to make the big play. Can sometimes make it out of nothing. But now he’s like way more polished with what he’s doing. He’s a little more composed, not rushing it as much.”

Naz Reid added 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting but did not play after halftime due to a head injury. Reid’s absence further depleted a Minnesota frontcourt already missing Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns because of injuries.

The Timberwolves scored 27 points off 17 turnovers and beat Utah for the second time in three days.

“The game really just came down to our inability to take care of the ball,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said.

Utah Jazz guard Collin Sexton (2) dribbles around Minnesota Timberwolves...

Utah Jazz guard Collin Sexton (2) dribbles around Minnesota Timberwolves guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 18, 2024, in Salt Lake City. Credit: AP/Adam Fondren

Collin Sexton led Utah with 24 points. Lauri Markkanen had 22 points and 12 rebounds following a six-game absence due to a bruised right quadriceps. Keyonte George added 15 points and eight assists.

John Collins had 11 points and six rebounds for the Jazz in three quarters. Collins did not play in the fourth while being evaluated for a concussion. His injury was later confirmed to be a head contusion.

Utah lost its second straight home game despite outscoring Minnesota 22-8 in second-chance points.

Edwards picked up the slack on offense in Reid’s absence. He scored five third-quarter baskets — highlighted by a thunderous dunk over Collins that injured both players — to help the Timberwolves open an 83-77 lead late in the period.

Utah Jazz guard Kris Dunn (11) drives to shoot while...

Utah Jazz guard Kris Dunn (11) drives to shoot while Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (5) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 18, 2024, in Salt Lake City. Credit: AP/Adam Fondren

“It gives me chills, man, because I always dreamed of dunking on somebody like that,” Edwards said.

Edwards dislocated his finger on the dunk but popped it back into place in the locker room during a timeout and returned to the game with a taped-up finger.

Utah rallied and took a 90-88 lead on a 3-point play from Markkanen. Minnesota then pulled away for good when Edwards capped a 12-1 run with back-to-back baskets, putting the Timberwolves up 100-91 with 5:50 left.

“I was rushing some things and obviously turnovers cost us the game tonight,” Markkanen said. “I’ll take the blame for that. … But overall it was fun to be back out there with my teammates.”

Utah raced out to a 20-8 lead midway through the first quarter after scoring 13 straight points on six consecutive possessions. Reid stopped the run with back-to-back baskets. Utah’s offense didn’t cool down before the quarter ended.

The Jazz shot 61% from the field, with Sexton and George combining for eight of the team’s 14 first-quarter baskets. They led 35-19 following back-to-back layups from Sexton.

Minnesota erased the deficit midway through the second, tying it at 46 on Jaden McDaniels’ turnaround jumper. Consecutive baskets from Collins and Taylor Hendricks put Utah back in front and helped the Jazz take a 59-53 lead into halftime.

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