It was a perfect night for Towns. The Minnesota Timberwolves center surpassed his previous career-high of 56 points against Atlanta and set a franchise record. His outburst continued as he drained three free throws and grabbed 14 boards in the third quarter. He sat down with two fouls with six minutes left but returned with three minutes to play to set the franchise record.
The Timberwolves are in a playoff race in the Western Conference, and Towns knew he needed to produce more than normal. He ended the night with 60 points, seven triples, and 17 rebounds. With his late three, he broke his previous career-high of 56 points, which had stood since March. With that, Towns had already broken his own mark of 56 points in a game.
Towns scored 60 points against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, a season-high mark for a Timberwolves center. The score was also the highest in a single NBA game by an individual. The 30-point performance marked Towns’ third-quarter performance of the season and was just one of the many highlights of a spectacular night for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In addition to Towns’ historic performance, Towns’ 60 points broke the franchise record for points by a center. In the last two weeks alone, four players have scored 50 or more points. Jayson Tatum scored 53 on Wednesday. Kevin Durant, Shaquille O’Neal, and Trae Young have all reached that milestone. In addition, Karl Malone has hit the league’s highest three-point percentage among bigs. He won the three-point contest at the 2022 NBA All-Star Skills Competition.
As far as Towns’ performance goes, the 60-point performance is a remarkable feat. His season-high NBA score surpassed the previous high of Trae Young and LeBron James. The 60-point performance was even more impressive because Towns had six 3-pointers during the fourth quarter, which is a record for an NBA player. The Spurs also put in the reserves at the end of the game, which made history more likely than ever.
Karl-Anthony Towns is a special player and a star. While he is a talented player, he does not necessarily have the best defensive matchup. He must be surrounded by good teammates to achieve success. The Minnesota Timberwolves defense is one of their biggest assets and he will need to guard them well.