On a night when Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid squared off in Philadelphia, Karl-Anthony Towns issued a reminder that there are more than two freakishly talented centers in the NBA right now. In the Timberwolves‘ 149-139 win over the Spurs on Monday, Towns went absolutely bonkers to the tune of 60 points on ridiculous efficiency.
He shot 19-of-31 overall (61 percent).
He made seven of his 11 of his attempts on 3-pointers.
He got to the free-throw line 16 times, sinking 15.
Towns’ 60, a Timberwolves franchise record, is the league’s highest single-game output this season, surpassing LeBron James and Trae Young, both of whom had a 56-point night. Towns had 56 through three quarters. He came back late in the fourth to put a bow on his evening with a top-of-the-key 3.
Towns was having a really good game with 24 points at halftime. He took it to nuclear levels with 32 in the third quarter, which is the fifth-most points ever scored in a single quarter, per StateMuse.
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Towns’ night adds to the league’s recent run of scoring eruptions. In the last two weeks alone there have been four 50-point games: LeBron (50, 56), Jayson Tatum (54) and Kevin Durant (53). Add to that 47 and 46 for Trae Young, 45 for Jordan Clarkson, 44 for Josh Hart and De’Aaron Fox (who also had a 41), 43 for Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid, 41 for Darius Garland and 40 for Nikola Jokic.
And now Towns’ 60, which marks the 15th game this season in which a player has scored at least 50 points.
Most importantly, the Wolves are now 10 games over .500 and just two games back of the Denver Nuggets for a top-six seed. The Wolves still have one game remaining against Denver on April 1, and if they win that they would also secure the season tiebreaker with a 3-1 head-to-head advantage.