MIN
WAS

No Text

KAT hit in face, scores 37 to lead Wolves past Wiz 116-111

WASHINGTON (AP) A shot to the mouth left Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns with some damaged teeth. His sense of humor? That, at least, was intact.

''Mom always says, `Keep your hand off the stove,' and I put my hand around the stove a little too much now and it was destined to happen that I'd get hit like that and lose my tooth,'' Towns said with a smile. ''But instead, God blessed me with losing pieces of five of my teeth.''

Towns recovered from that hit to the jaw that left him face-down on the court late in the first half and finished with a season-high 37 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Timberwolves to a 116-111 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

''Good thing I got good medical insurance,'' Towns joked afterward.

Both teams are making their playoff pushes without All-Star guards. The Timberwolves are missing Jimmy Butler, who had surgery on his right knee on Feb. 25, while the Wizards don't have John Wall, out since late January because of an operation on his left knee.

Towns stepped up in so many ways during this game, helping the T'Wolves outscore the hosts 34-21 in the fourth quarter to overcome a 10-point deficit with 10 minutes remaining.

He shot 13 for 17 overall, including making all three of his 3-point attempts, one from the corner with 29 seconds left that expanded a narrow lead to 114-109 with 29 seconds left.

Towns earlier provided the assist on an inside basket by Andrew Wiggins that capped a 20-3 run for Minnesota and put it up 105-98 with less than 5 1/2 minutes remaining.

And later, with Washington down 114-111 and inbounding the ball with 15.8 seconds left, Towns went out on the perimeter to defend guard Bradley Beal, who wound up throwing a bad pass that was intercepted by Jeff Teague.

The Wizards weren't so sure the defense on that play was completely clean.

''What I saw was different (than) what the referee saw,'' Washington coach Scott Brooks said. ''The guy had two hands on him, pushed him out.''

Beal's view?

''He just pushed me out of bounds. That was kind of a crazy pass for me to make,'' said Beal, who scored 19 points. ''He was forcing me out, so I had to get rid of it.''

Still, Brooks acknowledged: ''But that didn't lose the game. We lost the game because we couldn't stop them from scoring in the paint.''

Towns, mainly.

After the getting knocked in the chin with about a minute to go in the second quarter, Towns remained down on his stomach briefly, then rolled onto his back, and Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau came out to check on him. Eventually, Towns got up and went over to the bench, holding his jaw.

Towns was back out there to open the second half, and he kept getting the ball down low - and kept putting it in the hoop. Wizards starting center Marcin Gortat, in particular, put up little resistance while trying to guard the All-Star known by his initials, KAT.

''Karl,'' Thibodeau said, ''was big shot after big shot.''

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Thibodeau on Butler's recovery from surgery: ''He's not jumping, but he's ... running. He's moving along pretty well.'' ... Ended a seven-game losing streak in road games against Eastern Conference opponents and improved to 3-10 in such games this season. ... After entering the fourth quarter 1 for 9 on 3-point tries, went 6 for 12 the rest of the way.

Wizards: Markieff Morris scored a season-high 27 points. ... Brooks is not entirely sure when Wall will return to full-fledged practicing after missing 1 1/2 months so far. Brooks also doesn't know how much Wall will get a chance to play before the regular season ends.

PAINT PROBLEMS

The Wizards allowed the Wolves to score 64 points in the paint, the fourth game in a row Washington has given up at least 60. ''We're getting beat on backdoors. We're getting beat off the dribble,'' Brooks said. ''And if you do that, you can't expect your bigs to protect you every time.''

UP NEXT:

Timberwolves: At San Antonio on Saturday.

Wizards: At Boston on Wednesday.

---

More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

Copyright 2018 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

Key Players
K. Towns
32 C
B. Beal
3 SG
36.4 Min. Per Game 36.4
23.2 Pts. Per Game 23.2
4.6 Ast. Per Game 4.6
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
54.9 Field Goal % 46.1
54.6 Three Point % 46.0
85.8 Free Throw % 79.2
  Defensive rebound by Taj Gibson 0:04
  Otto Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:04
+ 2 Jeff Teague made dunk 0:08
  Bad pass turnover on Bradley Beal, stolen by Jeff Teague 0:11
  Out of bounds turnover on Nemanja Bjelica 0:15
+ 2 Markieff Morris made layup 0:16
+ 3 Karl-Anthony Towns made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeff Teague 0:29
+ 1 Bradley Beal made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:49
  Team rebound 0:49
  Bradley Beal missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:49
  Shooting foul on Karl-Anthony Towns 0:49
Team Stats
Points 116 111
Field Goals 46-87 (52.9%) 42-82 (51.2%)
3-Pointers 7-21 (33.3%) 8-20 (40.0%)
Free Throws 17-19 (89.5%) 19-25 (76.0%)
Total Rebounds 44 45
Offensive 11 14
Defensive 26 25
Team 7 6
Assists 23 26
Steals 10 6
Blocks 7 4
Turnovers 10 11
Fouls 21 17
Technicals 0 1
37 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
15 PTS, 8 REB, 7 AST
1234T
away team logo Timberwolves 40-29 25282934116
home team logo Wizards 38-30 26333121111
Team Stats
away team logo Timberwolves 40-29 110.1 PPG 43.7 RPG 24.1 APG
home team logo Wizards 38-30 112.8 PPG 40.5 RPG 24.7 APG
Key Players
K. Towns C 21.7 PPG 11.8 RPG 2.5 APG 49.2 FG%
M. Morris PF 11.4 PPG 5.2 RPG 1.7 APG 44.7 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Towns C 37 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
M. Morris PF 27 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
52.9 FG% 51.2
33.3 3PT FG% 40.0
89.5 FT% 76.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Towns 40 37 10 3 1 2 1 5 13/17 3/3 8/8 3 7 55 0
N. Bjelica 38 17 8 7 1 1 3 4 7/16 3/7 0/0 2 6 38 +6
A. Wiggins 37 16 1 1 1 2 2 2 7/14 0/2 2/2 0 1 20 +4
J. Teague 28 13 2 5 2 1 1 0 6/11 0/3 1/1 1 1 27 -4
T. Gibson 27 10 8 0 1 1 2 3 5/8 0/0 0/2 3 5 18 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Towns 40 37 10 3 1 2 1 5 13/17 3/3 8/8 3 7 55 0
N. Bjelica 38 17 8 7 1 1 3 4 7/16 3/7 0/0 2 6 38 +6
A. Wiggins 37 16 1 1 1 2 2 2 7/14 0/2 2/2 0 1 20 +4
J. Teague 28 13 2 5 2 1 1 0 6/11 0/3 1/1 1 1 27 -4
T. Gibson 27 10 8 0 1 1 2 3 5/8 0/0 0/2 3 5 18 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Crawford 28 11 3 1 1 0 1 3 4/10 1/3 2/2 0 3 16 +13
T. Jones 19 8 2 5 2 0 0 4 3/6 0/2 2/2 0 2 22 +9
G. Dieng 7 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 2/2 2 0 8 +3
D. Rose 10 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 2 +1
C. Aldrich 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +2
A. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Butler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Georges-Hunt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 116 37 23 10 7 10 21 46/87 7/21 17/19 11 26 206 +25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Morris 33 27 4 2 0 0 0 2 10/15 3/5 4/4 0 4 35 -3
B. Beal 33 19 4 5 0 0 4 0 8/16 1/4 2/3 1 3 29 -4
T. Satoransky 31 15 8 7 3 0 1 3 4/7 1/1 6/6 2 6 39 +2
O. Porter 35 8 7 2 0 1 1 2 4/14 0/3 0/0 2 5 19 +8
M. Gortat 24 6 2 1 0 2 0 3 2/3 0/0 2/2 2 0 12 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Morris 33 27 4 2 0 0 0 2 10/15 3/5 4/4 0 4 35 -3
B. Beal 33 19 4 5 0 0 4 0 8/16 1/4 2/3 1 3 29 -4
T. Satoransky 31 15 8 7 3 0 1 3 4/7 1/1 6/6 2 6 39 +2
O. Porter 35 8 7 2 0 1 1 2 4/14 0/3 0/0 2 5 19 +8
M. Gortat 24 6 2 1 0 2 0 3 2/3 0/0 2/2 2 0 12 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Mahinmi 22 10 9 0 2 1 1 3 5/7 0/0 0/0 5 4 21 -11
R. Sessions 16 9 1 2 1 0 1 3 3/7 1/1 2/4 1 0 14 -7
K. Oubre 15 8 1 1 0 0 2 0 2/5 1/3 3/4 0 1 9 -15
J. Meeks 14 5 1 2 0 0 1 1 2/3 1/1 0/0 0 1 9 -1
M. Scott 12 4 2 4 0 0 0 0 2/5 0/2 0/2 1 1 14 +1
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wall - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 111 39 26 6 4 11 17 42/82 8/20 19/25 14 25 201 -25