The Minnesota Timberwolves still have no all-star striker Jimmy Butler, but when Karl-Anthony Towns plays on Wednesday night, it's hard to say. The young Big Man went straight into the Atlanta Hawks and lost 56 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in the Timberwolves' 126-114 win.
He not only put up a new personal career, but also charted a new career Timberwolves franchise record for points in a game ̵
No, cities passed … Mo Williams ? Yes, apparently Williams, who played only 41 games with the Timberwolves in his career, was the previous owner of the team's single-game scoring record.
Towns set the record late in the fourth quarter as he buried a triple from the corner to seal the victory.
Towns was simply a machine against the understaffed Hawks who were not setting up their strongest troop. Still, falling 56 is unbelievable. And as efficient as Towns it is even more impressive. He missed only 13 shots at night, went 19 of 32 from the field, including 6 of 8 behind the bow.
Towns is the youngest player to score more than 50 points and more than 15 rebounds since Shaquille O'Neal. He was around 100 days younger when he did the trick in 1994.