The Minnesota Timberwolves‘ win against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday was not the only good thing that happened for Andrew Wiggins on the night. After finishing the game with 40 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals, the former Kansas Jayhawk became only the fourth player in NBA history age 22 or younger to record consecutive 40-point outings.
Andrew Wiggins: 4th player under age 22 to record consecutive 40-point games (LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Allen Iverson)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 16, 2017
Now in his third year in the league, Wiggins is having his best season so far with averages of 23.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 37.2 minutes per game.
He has also emerged as his team’s go-to-guy especially in late-game situations and has flourished under the system of head coach Tom Thibodeau. More importantly for him, his impressive play has given the Timberwolves a fighting chance of making it to the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. They are currently ranked 13th in the Western Conference with a 22-35 record, but are only trailing the Nuggets by three-and-a-half games for the eighth and final playoff berth.