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BBNBA: KAT Drops 37, Wolves Lose Again

(David Sherman | NBAE via Getty Images)

(David Sherman | NBAE via Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. I feel bad for KAT. Let’s talk NBA.

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RECAP

KAT is good, the Wolves are not

Rinse and repeat.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 19 of the Minnesota Timberwolves first 20 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday evening. The former Wildcat finished with a BBNBA high of 37 points on an efficient 13-23 shooting clip while connecting on four made triples. Towns added eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks to his stat line, as well. Another 30-plus scoring outburst was KAT’s third game in a row hitting that mark and just the second time he’s done so in his career. But the accomplishments stop at individual glory.

The Wolves lost its ninth consecutive game on Saturday, falling to OKC 113-104. Minny was able to trim a 20-point lead down to five with a few minutes left, but the comeback effort was too little, too late.

Towns has played incredibly well since he returned from a nagging knee injury six games ago. He’s averaging 29.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists over that span on shooting splits of 52.1/37.2/88.9. But Minnesota is hardly any good when Towns is in the game. They turn into a tire fire when he sits – particularly on offense.

“The league is what it is,” Towns said following the game. “They’re going to kick when you’re down, and they’re going to keep kicking you until you get it. We’ve got to get up.”

I would be shocked if Minnesota isn’t a busy franchise as we inch closer to the Feb. 6 trade deadline. They need several upgrades. It probably starts with a point guard that can get KAT the ball.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander struggled from the floor, shooting 3-14 from the floor for OKC. SGA finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, and two assists while Hamidou Diallo posted his second career double-double, recording 10 points and 10 rebounds on a 5-6 shooting clip.

It was announced on Saturday that Nerlens Noel could miss some time for the Thunder after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured left cheek (an injury I have never heard of until now). He sat out against the Wolves and is expected to re-evaluated in a week.

LeBron passes Kobe in 17-point loss

LeBron James officially passed Kobe Bryant on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on Saturday, scoring 29 points to pass the Mamba for third place. LeBron needed 18 points entering the night to pass Bryant’s 33,643 point total. The Los Angeles Lakers lost 108-91 in front of a rowdy Philadelphia 76ers crowd, but the game was all about a historic moment for the GOAT.

Anthony Davis poured in 31 points for the Lakers on 13-22 shooting while recording seven rebounds and two assists in the process. Rajon Rondo added two points and four rebounds but shot just 1-6 from the floor.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)104-113 L vs. OKC3713-23 (4-9)86223-735
Anthony Davis (LAL)91-108 L @ PHI3113-22 (2-5)72215-1038
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)113-104 W @ MIN113-14 (0-2)72123-934
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)113-104 W @ MIN105-6 (0-0)100011+422
Rajon Rondo (LAL)91-108 L @ PHI21-6 (0-3)14002+114
Nerlens Noel (OKC)113-104 W @ MINDNP-Cheek----------------
Brandon Knight (CLE)106-118 L vs. CHIDNP-Knee----------------

TODAY IN THE NBA

3:30 (NBATV): Rockets @ Nuggets (Murray-out, Vanderbilt)

4:00: Raptors @ Spurs (Johnson, Lyles)

6:00: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Hawks

6:00: Nets @ Knicks (Knox, Randle)

6:00: Clippers (Patterson) @ Magic

6:00: Suns (Booker) @ Grizzlies

6:00 (ESPN): Celtics (Kanter) @ Pelicans (Miller-out)

9:00 (NBATV): Pacers @ Trail Blazers (Gabriel, Labissiere-out)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR