Towns scores 56 points as Timberwolves inch toward playoff spot
LOS ANGELES, USA – Karl-Anthony Towns scored a career-high 56 points on Wednesday, March 28, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 126-114 victory over the Atlanta Hawks and closer to an NBA playoff berth.
The Timberwolves, seeking their first postseason appearance since 2004, bounced back from a humbling 101-93 defeat by the lowly Memphis Grizzlies.
Towns's 56 points eclipsed the club scoring record of 52 held by Mo Williams.
He added 15 rebounds as the Timberwolves halted a two-game skid.
With a Timberwolves record 56 points, Karl-Anthony Towns also grabbed 15 rebounds. He's the youngest player with 50 points and 15 rebounds in a game since Shaquille O'Neal on April 20, 1994 vs the Timberwolves (O'Neal was 22 years, 45 days, Towns is 22 years, 133 days). pic.twitter.com/NCrSDiQSmG— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 29, 2018
"I just wanted to win," Towns said. "We have to find a way to win and tonight's a start."
Towns surpassed his previous career high of 47 points, set against the New York Knicks in 2016.
He made 3 straight free-throws with 3:36 remaining after he was fouled attempting a 3-pointer.
Towns is the 10th player this season to hit the 50-point mark. James Harden has the best single-game performance of the season with 60 points in a 114-107 win over Orlando.
Karl-Anthony Towns is the 10th player to score 50 in a game this season, tying an NBA record for most players to score 50 in a single season. There were also 10 such games last season. pic.twitter.com/RVKq8l0yxK— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 29, 2018
The win helped Minnesota maintain their hold on 8th place in the Western Conference, with 8 teams securing playoff berths. – Rappler.com