All of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have played well for the team in their win against the Utah Jazz on Monday night, but it was Karl-Anthony Towns that stood out on the night, as he achieved an incredible NBA record.
The Timberwolves saw off the Jazz 109-98 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, with Minnesota’s starting five scoring 93 of their 109 points on the night. Towns had 24 points, 13 rebounds, and one assist, scoring 10-of-15 shots and a career-high four 3-pointers. Jeff Teague and Jimmy Butler all crossed the 20-point threshold in the game too.
Throughout the 2017 season, the Timberwolves star has been proving that he can co-exist with the new additions to the team while playing at a very high level, and he proved this even further on Monday night when he managed to accomplish an amazing record.
Against the Jazz, Towns joins Dwight Howard as the only two players in league history to collect at least 3,000 points and 2,000 rebounds before their 22nd birthdays. He turns 22 years old later this week on Wednesday.
The center is averaging 21.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, and he ranks amongst the top 20 NBA players in scoring and in the top 10 in rebounding. He's also averaging almost two blocks per game. He's just going to continue to get better as the season goes on and as he gets more used to playing alongside his new teammates.
If he keeps on playing like this, he's going to be one of the best players in the league for many years to come. The best is yet to come for the Minnesota star.
Towns said after the Timberwolves' win over Utah, according to ESPN: "I'm very blessed that I've found success early in my career and hoping to continue to find success for the next 17 years," Towns said. "Hopefully, I get to play 21 and be one up on KG (Kevin Garnett)."
Towns and Minnesota will be looking to continue their winning ways when they play against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.