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Anthony Edwards calls exchange with Kevin Durant ‘one of the best feelings ever’

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Anthony Edwards had one of the best games of his young career in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 120-95 win over the Phoenix Suns in Game yesterday, leading the way with 33 points.

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The 22-year-old Edwards was riding the high of the game with a memorable exchange with Kevin Durant, someone he has called his favorite player several times in his career.

“I think everybody here knows that’s my favorite player of all time,” Edwards said of the exchange with his future Team USA teammate. “That was probably one of the best feelings ever in my whole life.”

Despite the loss, Durant had a typical playoff performance with 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting. This performance moved Durant past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the fourth-most 30-point games in NBA playoff history with 76 in his career.

“He made four, five straight buckets like it was nothing,” Edwards said. “And I became a fan at one point, like I was out there like, ‘Goddamn, he nice, it’s nothing we can do’ … He’s the greatest to ever do it, man. My hat tips to him, he’s the best.”

Edwards shot 14-of-24 (58.3%) overall and had nine rebounds, six assists and two steals to go along with his game-high 33 points.

Durant recalled the interaction from his perspective.

“It’s just basketball,” Durant said. “You get hot, you make shots, you make tough shots, you’re going to feel excited about yourself. It’s on me to keep coming back, showing him a tough look or whoever is defending these guys and giving them a tough look. If they make shots over us, we move on to the next play. He got it going, he made some tough ones. We just got to live with it and get ready for the next game.”

The two stars will square off once again for Game 2 on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. MST in Minnesota, as they will look to continue this hot shooting and lead their respective teams to victory.

Kevin Durant responds after fiery duel against Anthony Edwards in Game 1

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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