Karl-Anthony Towns Helps Timberwolves Defeat Warriors


In a game marked by three ejections, including Warriors stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Golden State Warriors 104-101 on Tuesday night in San Francisco. Anthony Towns scored 11 of his game-high 33 points in the fourth quarter, and Mike Conley drained a game-extending 3-pointer with 9.6 seconds remaining.

The Timberwolves’ victory over the Warriors was their second in three days, and it also brought their record to 2-0 in the NBA’s in-season tournament’s West Group C. Golden State was defeated 1–1.

With 2:05 remaining, Dario Saric’s 3-pointer gave the Warriors a 98-96 lead, and with Stephen Curry already sidelined due to a sore right knee, Minnesota tightened their defensive stance.

With just 2.1 seconds remaining, Golden State managed to score once more. Towns gave Minnesota a decisive lead with a 3-pointer at 1:07, and Conley’s final-second 3-pointer gave the Wolves a 102-98 lead in the closing seconds.

With four seconds remaining, Kyle Anderson sealed Minnesota’s seventh consecutive victory with two free throws, setting up Towns’ game-winning 3-pointer.

Thompson and Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels snatched each other’s jerseys as they were making their way down the court following Anthony Edwards’ missed three-point attempt just 1:43 into the contest, which resulted in the trio of ejections.

Timberwolves center. One of the first to split the two was Rudy Gobert, but in doing so, Green put the big man from Minnesota in a headlock as payback.

The referees chose to eject Thompson, McDaniels, and Green shortly after consulting with the NBA review officials in New Jersey.

The Timberwolves, who were behind by as much as 12 points in the third quarter, got 11 more rebounds from Towns.

Gobert finished with nine points, three blocks, and a game-high 13 rebounds. Conley scored 13, Edwards scored 20, and Naz Reid scored 10.

For the Warriors, rookies Brandin Podziemski and Saric scored season-highs of 23 and 21, respectively.

In the Warriors’ fourth straight loss, Moses Moody scored 11 points, Chris Paul scored 15 and Kevon Looney grabbed the most rebounds for Golden State, with 12.