Towns scores career-high 47 in loss to Knicks


Center Karl-Anthony Towns of the Kentucky Wildcats roars after a and-one play during the first half of the game against the Hampton Pirates at KFC Yum! Center on Thursday, March 19, 2015 in Louisville , Ky. Kentucky leads Hampton 41-22 at halftime. Photo by Michael Reaves

Kevin Erpenbeck

For those who thought Karl-Anthony Towns would have a second-year slump in the league, think again.

Towns, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, scored a career-high 47 points against the New York Knicks late Wednesday night. The 7-foot big man put up 20 points in the first quarter and was 15 of 22 from the floor. Towns also grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked three shots for good measure. 

Unfortunately for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Knicks countered Towns’ effort with their own second-year superstar in Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis scored 29 points of his own, leading the Knicks to overcome the Timberwolves 106-104.

Towns and Porzingis finished one and two in the Rookie of the Year voting last year.