SAN ANTONIO — Karl-Anthony Towns had a career-high 60 points — the most in the NBA this season — and the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the San Antonio Spurs 149-139 on Monday night.
Towns shot 19 for 31 and grabbed 17 rebounds as he surpassed his previous high of 56 points against Atlanta on March 28, 2018. Lakers star LeBron James and Hawks point guard Trae Young previously shared league honors this season with 56 dots.
The 7-foot Minnesota All-Star capped his dazzling performance by draining a 3-pointer with 1:39 remaining, shortly after making one of two free throws to reach 57 points.
San Antonio has lost two straight since Gregg Popovich won his 1,336th career win to become the winningest coach in NBA history. Spurs have lost seven of nine games and are 2-3 in a seven-game home game, their longest of the season.
Spurs striker Keldon Johnson had 34 points, Dejounte Murray added 30 points and 12 assists, and Lonnie Walker IV scored 22.
The teams combined for 148 points in the first half, shooting 58 for 100 while playing at a blistering pace.
San Antonio opened the game 4-for-5 on 3-point range, but Minnesota shot 75% from the field in the first seven minutes of the first quarter.
Towns had 14 points and five rebounds while playing the entire first quarter against Jakob Poeltl and Zach Collins.
The game became hectic in the third with Wolves keeper Patrick Beverley tangling with Murray and Collins over separate possessions. The skirmishes fueled a 16-7 run for Wolves that gave them a 112-99 lead with 2:30 to go in the quarter.
Towns had 56 points through the first three quarters. He sat with 6:34 left in the final period shortly after committing his fourth and fifth fouls in 45 seconds, but returned to the floor with three minutes remaining to set his career high.
New York Post