Man, it’s gotta be rough to be Karl-Anthony Towns right now. To start off, he had an astounding 62 points while shooting 21 of 35 from the field, 10 of 15 from three and 10 of 14 from the charity stripe. It was what should have been a feather in his cap for his career achievements… but his Minnesota Timberwolves also lost 128-125 to one of the worst teams in the league in the Charlotte Hornets.
Even more painful is how they lost, seeing as Towns was clearly fouled on a potential game-winning attempt with seconds left in the game that was not deemed illegal contact. The NBA referees have gotten a lot of flack lately, and it’s been well-deserved, but even by their bad standards this was an egregious missed call.
To add insult to injury, KAT’s career-best night wasn’t even the highest scoring game that day. Unbelievably, that honor went to Joel Embiid, who went berserk against the San Antonio Spurs and finished the game with 70 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, a steal, a block and a lone turnover.
Embiid had the type of game that reminded his counterpart, rookie Victor Wembanyama, that he still has a long way to go in the NBA. Wembanyama would have had a good night for NBA standards with his own 33 points, seven rebounds and two blocks while shooting 10 of 19 from the field.
All-in-all, it was a hell of a night for big men in the NBA. Domantas Sabonis also had 14 points, 21 rebounds and six assists for the Sacramento Kings in a 122-107 victory that snapped a four-game skid for the Kings. Giannis Antetokounmpo also had a triple-double for the Milwaukee Bucks with 31 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists.
Oh, and Kevin Durant (even though yes he’s more of a perimeter player than a real big man, but let’s count him because he’s tall,) led the Phoenix Suns to their sixth-straight win with 43 points, six rebounds and eight assists.