With the team down six, the rookie was whistled for a technical foul with 1:12 remaining in the third period.
"I needed that," Wiggins said. "I started getting some calls after I did that. Before that, I didn't get a call. I drove to the basket seven times, maybe six were fouls, but I'm a rookie."
Wiggins scored 30 for the Timberwolves, who lost for the third time in four games. He has cracked the 30-point mark three times this season. Wiggins is averaging 15.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals through his first 55 games.
Fresh off winning the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend,
Wiggins was the No. 1 overall pick of the Cavaliers in the 2014 draft, but was eventually traded to the Timberwolves for Kevin Love. By getting away from glare of being LeBron James' teammate, Wiggins said it helped him mature faster, reports the National Post.
"I think it was the best move for me," Wiggins said. "It gave me more room and put me in a position where I could grow up faster. In the league, that's always what's best for you."
Wiggins admits that being a role player for the Cavaliers would've stunted his growth and being one of the top options for the Wolves has helped his game develop faster.
"Here I'm getting more time to shine and do what I was put in this league to do. And I'm enjoying the process," he said.
Wiggins scored a team-high 22 points on 8 of 11 shooting in the World win, racking up six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. He was one of just four Timberwolves players in the matchup, with Gorgui Dieng joining him on the winning side and Zach Lavine and Shabazz Muhammad representing Minnesota on the USA team.
Wiggins helped to put together an excellent team effort defensively against the Grizzlies, who only managed 69 shots as a team and turned the ball over 18 times. The rookie also tallied six rebounds and two assists in 43 minutes in the win, his team's second straight. The Timberwolves will look to stay on a roll Sunday against the Pistons in Detroit.
"[Wiggins] showed tonight that he's got potential, that he's going to be a superstar in this league," coach Flip Saunders said after the game, per the Associated Press. "He rises to the moment. He's not afraid of the moment."
Playing against the team that drafted him before trading him to Minnesota, Wiggins topped his previous best of 31 points, but it wasn't enough to get the Timberwolves a win. He also kicked in four steals, one assist and one rebound in 43 minutes. The Timberwolves will face the Mavericks Monday.
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