Star of the Game
Karl-Anthony Towns lead Minnesota to a statement victory over Houston last night. Towns’ last two games were a little less than his usual production, but in this game against Houston, the Wolves’ center proved he is not only back, but also that he is better than ever. With 40 point, nine rebounds, seven assists while going 4/6 from deep, Towns played one of his most dominant games of the season.
Being a fan favorite comes with a lot of pressure, and sometimes Naz Reid doesn’t play up to the hype. The back-up center was meant to be one of the primary scoring options off the bench this season, able to hit long jumpers and drive to the paint. Basically, he’s a Karl-Anthony Towns light. But so far he has struggled to find his rhythm, and shots just weren’t falling for him against Houston. Going 1/7 from the field and only pulling in five boards is just not enough, and if Reid isn’t careful, Nathan Knight may start eating into his playing time.
Number of the Night
8. Jarred Vanderbilt had a monster game, setting new career highs in both points and rebounds. He finished the game with 21 points, 19 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and two steals. These numbers are elite for any anyone in the league, but what makes it all the more impressive is Vanderbilt’s age. At 22-years-old he is still a few years out of his prime, and if Vanderbilt keeps progressing the way he has over the last two seasons, the sky’s the limit for the young power forward.
The Timberwolves will play New Orleans on Tuesday at 7:00 PM CST.
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