Towns scores 56 points as Timberwolves inch toward playoff spot

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Mar 29 2018 12:39 PM

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) reacts after making a three point shot against the New York Knicks during first half at Madison Square Garden. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports, Reuters

LOS ANGELES - Karl-Anthony Towns scored a career-high 56 points on Wednesday to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 126-114 victory over the Atlanta Hawks and closer to an NBA playoff berth.

The Timberwolves, seeking their first postseason appearance since 2004, bounced back from a humbling 101-93 defeat by the lowly Memphis Grizzlies.

Towns's 56 points eclipsed the club scoring record of 52 held by Mo Williams.

He added 15 rebounds as the Timberwolves halted a two-game skid.

"I just wanted to win," Towns said. "We have to find a way to win and tonight's a start."

Towns surpassed his previous career high of 47 points, set against the New York Knicks in 2016.

He made three straight free-throws with 3:36 remaining after he was fouled attempting a three-pointer.

Towns is the 10th player this season to hit the 50-point mark. James Harden has the best single-game performance of the season with 60 points in a 114-107 win over Orlando.

The win helped Minnesota maintain their hold on eighth place in the Western Conference, with eight teams securing playoff berths.

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