Karl-Anthony Towns did not disappoint his Minnesota Timberwolves team as he helped engineer a triumph on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 23-year-old Timberwolves center is the one to watch out for on Tuesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Towns took the opportunity to grab the 108-86 victory against the Lakers team which was defenseless due to LeBron James’s absence.
The Lakers captain has been recuperating since their Christmas Day game against the Golden State Warriors.
James incurred a strained left groin, making him unable to contribute to his team. In addition, he is still expected not to play for another week.
Besides James’s absence, the Lakers have been grappling because of backup point guard, Rajon Rondo’s right ring finger damage and power forward, Kyle Kuzma’s lower back injury.
Meanwhile, Towns took advantage of the Lebron-less Lakers. In six consecutive games, his performance included scoring 28 points, 4 blocks, and 18 rebounds.
Moreover, the Timberwolves benefitted from his contributions of two steals and three assists at the well-attended Target Center in Minneapolis on the first Sunday of the New Year.
The Timberwolves rising star ensured that his team gained their two much-needed victories against the Orlando Magic ending in 120-103 on Friday and over the Lakers Sunday.
The monster performance of Towns raises his team’s home record to 14-6. This comprises 8-2 against their Western Conference competitors.
Towns’ smooth over-the-shoulder backward flip pass to shooting guard, Andrew Wiggins, established the Minnesota team’s first-half advantage to a massive 21 points.
Wiggins made a soaring dunk to seal the 28-7 lead. Towns further created great impressions with his impressive dunks against Lakers’ center, JaVale McGee, during the second half.
He delivered a stunning first basket during the third quarter, as well as offset the three-pointer which Wiggins missed.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have had no regrets after they chose Towns in the 2015 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft.
Since Towns’ selection, he has been steadily rising the Timberwolves’ all-time rankings in different categories. Towns has presented constant progress since entering the NBA.
Overall this year, the Kinesiology major at the University of Kentucky has been averaging 22.1 points, 3.0 assists, and 1.9 blocks per basketball game.
Moreover, he has been scoring 0.9 steals and 12.2 rebounds. The Timberwolves now possesses a 2-1 season series advantage over the Lakers.
In the Western Conference, they are also promoted within two matches of the eighth-and-final playoff position via their win against the Lakers.