The high-intensity matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Miami Heat on Friday night got a little bit chippy. At one point, Timberwolves superstar Karl-Anthony Towns took exception to a hard foul form opposing forward Justise Winslow.
Towns obviously felt that Winslow went a bit overboard, and the 23-year-old Minnesota star made sure that the game officials knew how upset he was with the unnecessary contact.
Towns did have every right to feel aggrieved, as Winslow visibly had him in what appeared to be a headlock. Props to Towns for keeping his cool (relatively) and not going after Winslow following that MMA-like move. This could have very easily turned ugly had Towns’ reaction been less diplomatic.
The Heat appeared to have employed a game plan specifically aimed at preventing Towns from making a significant impact on the ballgame. Miami’s tactics seemed to have worked somewhat, as Towns was held to only 13 points (on 5-of-10 shooting), along with a three-pointer, 12 rebounds, four assists, and a steal. Perhaps the most notable statistic in his box score was the 11 turnovers he committed against a pesky Heat defense.
Nevertheless, the Timberwolves still came away with the 111-109 victory after a hard-fought battle against these two sides. Minnesota had nothing to play for other than pride, but for the Heat, this defeat proved to be a huge blow on their hopes to secure a playoffs berth.
Miami remain one game behind the eighth seed in the East, and with just three games remaining on their schedule, they will be needing a bit of luck in order for them to reach the postseason.