Moments after hitting a clutch three to tie the game up at 109-109, Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards made a costly mistake on the defensive end of the floor.
On a side-out inbounds play for the Grizzlies with just 3.1 seconds remaining in the contest, Edwards went for a backside steal on Memphis superstar Ja Morant. After missing the steal, Morant had an open lane to drive at the basket -- contorting around the help defense to put away a game-winning layup.
Take a look at the play here:
This series of plays perfectly encompasses the argument of young talent vs. postseason experience. On one end, Edwards' fearless shotmaking ability allowed his team a chance to force the game to overtime. On the other, his defensive gamble ended up costing them the game.
This is the second game in a row that the Timberwolves have blown big second-half leads. Fresh off a Game 4 that saw them blow a 26-point lead, the young Minnesota squad gave up a 13-point margin that they held late in the third quarter on Tuesday night.
Edwards finished the 111-109 contest with 22 points. Ja Morant finished the game with 30 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.
The Grizzlies now lead the series 3-2 heading into Game 6.