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Look: Anthony Edwards Made Brutal Mistake While Guarding Ja Morant

Timberwolves' Anthony Edwards dribbles the ball up the court.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 14: Anthony Edwards #1 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on October 14, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Nets won 107-101. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

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.