Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns had the game of his life against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, going for a franchise-record 60 points, which also set the new season high in the NBA for the 2021-22 season. Towns put up a ridiculous 32 points in the third quarter in a 149-139 victory.
After the game, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich could only tip his cap to an outstanding performance by an outstanding player:
Pop on Towns:
"Karl was fantastic. He drove it, he shot it, he always plays hard. He’s a hell of a player. It’s not like it was a surprise. But tonight he was special, so give him credit."
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Pop was actually pleased with how his team competed against Towns, but the Spurs had no answers no matter what they did. The Timberwolves big man shot 19-of-31 from the field, 7-of-11 from 3-point range and 15-of-16 from the foul line. KAT also gobbled up 17 boards and was a plus-16 on the night.
With the win, Minnesota moved to 40-30 on the season, which is good for seventh place in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves are just 1.5 games behind the Denver Nuggets for the sixth seed in the West. Getting out of that play-in tournament would be huge for Minnesota, but regardless, this has been a fantastic season for a franchise that has known losing for so long.
Towns and Co. are playing fun basketball and have been one of the best offensive teams in the NBA for a while now. The Timberwolves are up to sixth in offensive rating after this latest outburst, per NBA.com. Towns is averaging 24.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 52.9% from the field and 40.8% from 3-point range.