Anthony Edwards is quickly blossoming into one of the NBA's most explosive scorers, taking centre stage against the Golden State Warriors with a career performance.
Edwards erupted for a career-high 48 points on 16-of-27 from the field, adding five rebounds and five assists in their 123-110 loss at Chase Center, re-writing the record books.
Anthony Edwards tonight:- StatMuse (@statmuse) November 11, 2021
48 PTS (career-high)
He is the 5th youngest player in NBA history to score 45+ in a game. pic.twitter.com/604Obtm1Rk
Let's take a deeper dive into the numbers behind Edwards' explosive night.
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48: A new career-high
Edwards eclipsed his previous career-high of 42 points, which he recorded twice last season against the Memphis Grizzlies (May) and Phoenix Suns (March).
He now has three 40 points games through the first 82 games of his career.
Edwards' 48 is also the sixth-highest single-game score in Timberwolves franchise history, trailing only Derrick Rose (50), Kevin Love (51), Corey Brewer (51), Mo Williams (52), and Karl-Anthony Towns (56).
5: Youngest to score 45+
The No.1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft wrote his name in the history books, becoming the fifth-youngest player to score at least 45 points in a game, per StatMuse.
|Cliff Robinson||45||New Jersey Nets||19 years, 362 days||1980|
|Brandon Jennings||55||Milwaukee Bucks||20 years, 52 days||2009|
|Carl Braun||47||New York Knicks||20 years, 72 days||1947|
|LeBron James||48||Cleveland Cavaliers||20 years, 80 days||2005|
|Anthony Edwards||48||Minnesota Timberwolves||20 years, 97 days||2021|
7: Catching fire from deep
Edward connected on 7-of-13 of his 3-pointers on the night, just one shy of his career-high of eight, which he recorded last season on 6 May 2021 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Check out his ultra-green shot chart from tonight's game.
3: Third-Youngest to record 45/5/5
While Edwards was focused on putting the ball in the hole, he also chipped in with five rebounds and five assists, adding another record to his name.
He also became the third-youngest player ever to record a 45-5-5 game, behind Brandon Jennings and LeBron James.
Youngest player in NBA history with a 45/5/5 game:- StatMuse (@statmuse) November 11, 2021
20y, 52d - Brandon Jennings
20y, 80d - LeBron James
20y, 97d - Anthony Edwards pic.twitter.com/GjlYT3mSdz
On a night where Karl-Anthony Towns struggled, shooting 6-of-19 for his 17 points, Edwards emerged as the team's go-to guy which bodes well as a sign of things to come for the explosive second-year guard.
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