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NBA Roundup: Karl-Anthony Towns scores Wolves-record 60

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at San Antonio Spurs
March 14, 2022; San Antonio, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots over San Antonio Spurs forward Zach Collins (23) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

March 15, 2022

Karl-Anthony Towns scored a franchise-record 60 points and clinched 17 rebounds, and the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves pulled away to a 149-139 win over the struggling San Antonio Spurs in the second half on Monday.

The career high for Towns is also an NBA high this season. His previous career high (also the franchise mark) was 56, set in March 2018. He reached that point Monday through the end of the third quarter, a period when he had 32 of Minnesota’s 46 points and his team’s last nine points scored .

Patrick Beverley added 20 points and eight assists for the Timberwolves, who have won two straight and eight of their last nine games. D’Angelo Russell added 19 points.

Keldon Johnson scored a career-best 34 points for San Antonio. Dejounte Murray contributed 30 points and 12 assists, Lonnie Walker IV contributed 22 and Jakob Poeltl contributed 21 points.

Nuggets 114, 76ers 110

Nikola Jokic had 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists and Bones Hyland had 21 points as Denver recovered from a 19-point deficit in the second quarter to defeat hosts Philadelphia.

Will Barton added 20 points, Monte Morris contributed 11 and JaMychal Green had 10 for the Nuggets, who were on a two-game losing streak.

Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 34 points and nine rebounds. James Harden added 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds as Philadelphia fell for the third time in five games.

Warrior 126, Wizard 112

Draymond Green met birthday boy Stephen Curry for a strong offensive performance as Golden State beat Washington in San Francisco.

Green was returning from a back injury that had ruled him out since January and contributed six points, seven rebounds and six assists in Golden State’s fourth straight win. Curry, who turned 34 on Monday, shot 16 for 25 overall and 7 for 14 from 3-point range to score 47 points. He also had six rebounds and six assists.

Kristaps Porzingis accumulated 25 points and eight rebounds for the Wizards, who went through a winless western swing in four games.

Falcon 122, Trailblazer 113

Trae Young scored 46 points as host Atlanta came back from a 15-point deficit in the third quarter and beat Portland.

Young sank five 3-pointers, shot the line 11-11 and had 12 assists as the Hawks won their third straight win to climb back to the .500 mark (34-34) for the first time since mid-December. De’Andre Hunter scored 20 points for Atlanta.

Josh Hart led Portland with 31 points. Trendon Watford added 22 points and nine rebounds, Brandon Williams had 20 points and Drew Eubanks had 16 points and 10 boards for the Trail Blazers, who have lost seven of their last eight games.

Dollars 117, Jazz 111

Giannis Antetokounmpo totaled 30 points and 15 rebounds, Jrue Holiday had 29 points, Khris Middleton added 23 and Milwaukee defeated Utah for their first win in Salt Lake City since 2001.

The Bucks, winners of seven of their last eight overall, had lost 19 straight games in Utah and had not beaten the Jazz anywhere since Nov. 25, 2019.

Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley each scored 29 points and combined for 15 assists as the Jazz lost for the fourth time in seven games. Rudy Gobert added 18 points and 14 rebounds to the loss.

Raptors 114, Lakers 103

Pascal Siakam had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, who led all the way in Los Angeles. Siakam has scored at least 20 points in the seven best games of his career.

Gary Trent Jr. had 28 points and Scottie Barnes had 21 for the Raptors, who have won four straight games and are 4-1 with one game to go on their six-game road trip.

LeBron James had 30 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who have lost two in a row and four of their last five. Talen Horton-Tucker added 20 points.

Hornets 134, Thunder 116

Terry Rozier scored 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting to lead Charlotte to an Oklahoma City win. The Hornets turned the ball five times past a season low and scored 27 points from the Thunder’s 18 giveaways.

Miles Bridges (27 points) and LaMelo Ball (21 points) also made important contributions for the Hornets, who closed an 18-point deficit to win for the fourth time in six games. The Thunder have lost a total of six straight games and ten straight home games.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 32 points and scored 30 or more points for the eighth time in 10 games since the All-Star break. He also had eight rebounds as a team-best. Darius Bazley added 25 points.

Cavaliers 120, Clippers 111 (OT)

Evan Mobley posted a career-high 30 points and Darius Garland overcame a slow start to finish with 24 points and a game-high 13 assists as host Cleveland beat Los Angeles.

Mobley has solidified in the center court since All-Star Jarrett Allen went down with a broken finger earlier this month. Mobley added six rebounds and two blocks. Isaac Okoro added 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Ivica Zubac pushed the Clippers up the pace with 24 points and 14 rebounds before fouling in overtime. Amir Coffey added 19 points and Terance Mann had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Kings 112, Bulls 103

De’Aaron Fox had 34 points, six rebounds and six assists as Sacramento ended a four-game losing streak by beating Chicago.

Domantas Sabonis added 22 points and seven rebounds to help the Kings win for the third time in their last 12 games. Davion Mitchell had 16 points and Donte DiVincenzo had 15 points and seven rebounds for Sacramento.

Zach LaVine recorded 27 points and six assists and Nikola Vucevic contributed 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who fell for the sixth time in their last eight contests.

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