On Sunday night the Minnesota Timberwolves arguably had their biggest win of the season defeating the defending-champions Golden State Warriors. The Wolves kept afloat all night long against the Goliath team, but Minnesota’s flourishing young center Karl-Anthony Towns rose to the occasion and took over in the final stretch.
Towns racked up 31 points and scored 14 in the fourth quarter alone. He grabbed 16 rebounds and scored every way possible to lead the Wolves to the 109-103 win. Even in the final stretch of the game, and the Wolves desperately needed a final bucket, he magically hit Draymond Green with a turnaround fadeaway, that all-but sealed the deal.
To be fair, the Warriors team had some key players missing like Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, and David West. But this game was a do-or-die for Towns. In the last two matchups against the Warriors, Towns had only scored 20 points combined. More importantly, to the Timberwolves this game gave them a much-needed breather in the cowboy shootout that is the Western Conference playoff race.
At this junction in the regular season, no team in the West can afford to drop a game. Minnesota had lost four of their last six games entering Sunday’s matchup and losing Jimmy Butler to a torn meniscus didn’t help their case.
With Towns’ 31-point outburst, this was crucial for the Wolves to stay in the Playoffs race or as Towns puts it, the swamp. Butler is expected to return for the playoffs, but someone else has to carry Minnesota until his return.
Catch you Thursday.