11/28 21:52 CST Porzingis scores 41, Wizards beat Wolves after Towns hurt
Porzingis scores 41, Wizards beat Wolves after Towns hurt
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) --- Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 41 points,
including 29 in the first half, and the Washington Wizards beat Minnesota
142-127 on Monday night after Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony-Towns was helped
off the court in the third quarter with a right leg injury.
Towns grabbed at his leg and went down near midcourt. He was helped off without
putting weight on the leg, and the team announced that he had a right calf
All six of Porzingis' 3-pointers came in the first half. Washington shot 57%
from the field for the game.
The Wizards led 77-58 at halftime, and Porzingis was well on his way to
surpassing his previous career high of 40 points.
"I have to admit, I feel good," Porzingis said. "I thought that I was not going
to get it because we were going to blow them out by 30 and then not maybe play
the fourth. I was thinking about that scenario."
Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points for the Wizards and Bradley Beal added 22.
Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 29.
Porzingis made his first four shots, all from 3-point range, and Washington led
21-6 early. It was a five-point game after one quarter, but the Wizards pulled
away in the second. A 3-pointer by Porzingis capped a 12-0 run that made it
68-44, and his final 3 gave Washington a 73-46 lead.
Minnesota closed the half with a 12-4 run and then scored the first 10 points
of the third, but the Timberwolves never got much closer. Towns left the game
immediately after Kuzma made a 3-pointer to make it 93-76.
It was a rough couple days for the Timberwolves defensively. They lost 137-114
to Golden State on Sunday.
Washington was also playing the second half of a back-to-back after losing
130-121 at Boston.
Minnesota went just 7 of 27 from beyond the arc, while the Wizards were 15 of
"Certainly it set the tone with all the 3s they made early," Minnesota coach
Chris Finch said. "We haven't been making 3s at a very good clip recently at
all, so it's a huge deficit."
Porzingis' previous career high came when he was with the New York Knicks,
against Indiana on Nov. 5, 2017.
He surpassed that with a three-point play with 4:49 to play, then exited the
game moments later.
"It's always fun when you can get somebody a career night," Kuzma said. "It's
very, very hard to play in this league. It's very hard to do anything in this
league, and any time players can have career highs it means a lot to them, and
as a player you understand how much it means."
Timberwolves: Minnesota was without Jaden McDaniels (illness), Jordan
McLaughlin (left calf strain) and Taurean Prince (right shoulder subluxation).
Wizards: Rui Hachimura (right ankle soreness) and Delon Wright (right hamstring
strain) did not play.
Timberwolves: Host Memphis on Wednesday night.
Wizards: At Brooklyn on Wednesday night.
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This version has been corrected to delete a reference to Washington's biggest
lead being 27 points.