Karl-Anthony Towns is often compared to the game’s other young, talented big men. The debate of who’s better between Towns, Denver’s Nikola Jokic and New York’s Kristaps Porzingis is one that may continue until the end of time.
But Towns makes a convincing argument that he’s the man. The Wolves center posted 23 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in Minnesota’s 118-108 win over New York (19-23), the Wolves’ fourth straight win, all of which have come at Target Center during their current five-game home stand.
Towns had one last crack at the triple-double. Up 10 with less than 20 seconds to play, Towns took the ball and drove to the hoop. He kicked to an open Jeff Teague, who missed a 3-pointer that could’ve resulted in assists No. 10. Both Towns and Teague laughed about the play as they walked off the court.
Towns is now averaging 27.8 points a game against the Knicks in his career. Porzingis finished with 17 points, on 6 for 18 shooting, and nine rebounds. Towns has made a habit out of betting his young, talented counterparts.
His latest performance came in front of a packed house at Target Center, which was soldout for the sixth straight game, the longest such stretch since 1992. The Wolves (28-16) have won all six of those games.
Friday’s win was partially powered by a bench that featured contributions from every key member. Jamal Crawford, Gorgui Dieng and Nemanja Bjelica all finished with 10 points, while Tyus Jones tallied seven points and four assists.
Those four and Towns opened the fourth quarter on the floor staked to a one-point lead. Over the next six minutes, they extended that lead to 14.