Karl-Anthony Towns had a historic night, scoring a franchise-record 62 points for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, but it ended in a stunning 128-125 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. In the aftermath, Anthony Edwards, the young star for the Timberwolves, criticized the team’s focus, calling it “immature as f***” for prioritizing getting Towns more points instead of securing the win.
Edwards acknowledged that once Towns started hot, players on the team were more focused on seeing him reach the milestone of 100 points rather than securing a victory. He mentioned that all 14 players wanted to witness Towns reaching around 80 points, diverting the team’s focus away from the game plan. Despite Edwards’ own contribution of 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 11 assists, the Timberwolves suffered their second straight defeat and dropped to a 30-13 record on the season.
Charlotte Hornets outscored Timberwolves
The Timberwolves, initially leading 107-89 towards the end of the third quarter, experienced a disheartening fourth-quarter collapse, allowing the Hornets to outscore them 36-18. Both Towns and Edwards struggled in the final period, with Towns going 2-10 from the field, contributing to the team’s downfall.
Head Coach Chris Finch expressed his displeasure with the team’s performance, describing it as “an absolute disgusting performance of defense and immature basketball.” He criticized the team’s approach and suggested that the issues were prevalent from the beginning of the game.
While the Timberwolves had been considered one of the best defensive teams in the NBA this season with a league-best defensive rating of 119.0, they faltered against the Hornets. Charlotte shot an impressive 56.8% from the field, exposing the Timberwolves’ defensive vulnerabilities.
The loss to the Hornets has left the Timberwolves with an 8-7 record in their last 15 games, showcasing a dip in their earlier level of play. Despite upcoming games against seemingly easier opponents like the Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, and San Antonio Spurs, the Timberwolves will need to address their defensive and maturity issues to regain their earlier dominance in the Western Conference.
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