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Facing playoff sweep, Timberwolves fend off Dallas Mavericks to force Western Conference finals back to Minnesota

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With their playoff elimination on the line, the Minnesota Timberwolves put in a gutsy performance to fend off the Dallas Mavericks and force a Game 5 in the Western Conference finals. Having lost the opening three games of the series, the Timberwolves faced the proposition of being swept by the Mavericks. But Minnesota managed to keep the series alive, largely thanks to strong performances from Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns, who scored 29 and 25 points respectively. Edwards also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out nine assists. Game 5 will be played in Minnesota on Thursday.