After back-to-back subpar performances, Karl-Anthony Towns finally found his shooting touch back, as he detonated for a career-high 56 points to help lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 126-114 win at home. That scoring output is now also the most in a single game by a player in Timberwolves history.
It’s incredible to think that Towns managed to unload that many points in a game regardless of the opposition after scoring a total of only 30 points in his last two outings. It becomes even more amazing when one considers the fact that Towns stayed up late the night before the Hawks game playing PUBG with Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons. Simmons even egged Towns to delay hitting the sack so that they could play the online game together.
Ben Simmons tells KAT he has “plenty of time” to play PUBG with him because he plays the Hawks tomorrow 😂 pic.twitter.com/A5hAg8Gc78
— drew (@Dcorrigan50) March 28, 2018
In a way, Ben Simmons called Karl-Anthony Towns’ monster game, and he made sure that KAT will give him credit for that when the Sixers guard commented “told you” on an Instagram post that features Towns’ big night.
@World_Wide_Wob how about @BenSimmons25 reiterating that KAT didn’t have to get any sleep because they were playing the Hawks 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/8vuC9K0HBw
— Bradley Fey (@bradley_fey) March 29, 2018
Atlanta owns one of the worst defenses in the league, as the Hawks are allowing 109.2 points per game. Towns surely highlighted that glaring weakness of the Hawks by ripping them apart, shooting 19-for-32 from the field, which included six three-point field goals. There was just no way that the Hawks were going to stop Towns.
As for Simmons, he did not score 50 points, but he had a near triple-double in a 118-101 home win against the New York Knicks, scoring 13 points, dishing out 10 dimes, and securing eight boards in 34 minutes of action.