Karl-Anthony Towns drops 60 points in Timberwolves' 149-139 win over Spurs
Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the best scorers in the NBA. The former Kentucky big man was taken in the 2015 NBA Draft with the No. 1 overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he’s lived up to expectations.
He won the NBA 3-point contest this year and, on Monday night, he went off against the San Antonio Spurs in a 149-139 win.
Towns scored 60 points, made 7 of his 11 3-pointers, grabbed 17 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. Here’s his long 3 that gave him 60 points:
60 FOR KAT ? pic.twitter.com/dBdSST0rQ0
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 15, 2022
Towns set the Timberwolves’ franchise record for points in a single game with that performance and ties for the second-most points against a Gregg Popovich-coached team:
Karl-Anthony Towns' 60 points against the Spurs on Monday are tied for the 2nd-most points by a player against a Gregg Popovich-coached team, trailing only James Harden's 61 as a member of the Rockets in 2019. pic.twitter.com/qu6Sg95gSH
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 15, 2022
And his performance puts him among rarified air when it comes to big men in NBA history:
The list of centers in NBA history that have dropped 60 in a game:
• Karl-Anthony Towns
• Shaquille O’Neal
• David Robinson
• Wilt Chamberlain
— Shahbaz Khan (@ShahbazMKhan) March 15, 2022
When you’re mentioned on the same list as Shaq, David Robinson and Wilt Chamberlain, you’ve done something right!
The Timberwolves are having a strong season, currently sporting a 40-30 record. We’ll see if KAT can continue carrying the team toward a postseason berth.