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Anthony Edwards scores 36 in playoff debut, leads Timberwolves over Grizzlies

Anthony Edwards carries supreme confidence.

It showed when he convinced the Timberwolves to draft him No. 1. It showed as he rose from a rough start in the NBA to borderline stardom. It showed in Minnesota’s play-in victory over the Clippers.

And it darned sure showed in his first play-in game.

Edwards scored 36 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 130-117 win over the Grizzlies in Game 1 of their first-round series Saturday. The stunned No. 2 seed, Memphis can try to regroup before hosting Game 2 Tuesday.

In the meantime, Edwards can bask in his big game. His 36 points are tied for the third-most ever in a playoff debut, behind only Luka Doncic (42 in 2020) and George Mikan (37 in 1949).

Here are the most points scored in playoff debuts:

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In a welcome upturn from his first playoff series a few years ago and worse play-in game a few days ago, Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 13 rebounds.

Far weirder scene: To one up the protester who tried to glue herself to the floor in Minnesota’s play-in game, another protester chained herself to the basket in Memphis today: