NBA games Tuesday, scores, highlights: Towns scores big and Wolves beat Wizards

With a whopping 11 games on Tuesday's schedule, this was one of the busiest nights of the NBA season. And with how closely contested the playoff races are in each conference, there was plenty on the line with 22 of the league's 30 teams take the floor. 

The Nets were officially eliminated from playoff contention after their loss to the Raptors and the Timberwolves got a huge win to keep themselves in the tight playoff race out west. Karl-Anthony Towns had an incredible game with 37 points. Meanwhile, the Nuggets did some serious damage to their playoff hopes with a loss to the Lakers. Denver sits in 10th place and Los Angeles finally got some revenge for all the trash talk with Jamal Murray.

Scores for Tuesday, March 13

All times Eastern

Towns and the Wolves knock off the Wizards

The Wizards and Timberwolves play in different conferences, but this game still had big playoff implications. Each team is locked in a closely contested fight for playoff seeding. In the end, it was the Wolves who came out on top. A big part of this was the play of Karl-Anthony Towns. He scored 37 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

The play that stole the game for the Wolves however came from Jeff Teague. He picked the Wizards' pocket and sealed it.

LeBron brings out the windmill

LeBron James did some mean stuff to Phoenix on Tuesday. Perhaps none of it was as mean as this windmill dunk.

Westbrook reaches 100 career triple-doubles

Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double last season. He isn't going to do that by the end of this one, but he did reach the milestone of 100 career triple-doubles. He did so with 32 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds against the Hawks.

Thomas puts Jokic on skates

Isaiah Thomas had a big finish to the Lakers victory over the Nuggets and that included a nasty crossover against Nikola Jokic.

Smith Jr. brings out the windmill

Dennis Smith Jr. brought out a windmill dunk on a fast break. Insane athleticism like this is why he was in the All-Star slam dunk contest.

Ball chases down the Nuggets

Lonzo Ball fed off the energy inside the Lakers' arena for an incredible chase-down block.

LeBron makes an insane pass

LeBron James attempts and sees passes that no other passer would dare try. This ball he slung to Kyle Korver is a good example of that.

Smith benched

J.R. Smith has been moved to the bench for the Cavaliers. He's taking it in stride, but doesn't seem happy about the lack of communication in the process of it.

Nets' Russell goes nuts in the first quarter

D'Angelo Russell had an amazing shooting performance in the first quarter against the Raptors. He made seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points before going to the bench. He finished with 32 in a 14-point loss.

Embiid Euro steps to the rim

Joel Embiid showed off his incredible footwork on this Euro step to the rim. He had everybody fooled on this one.

Aldridge returns to lineup

LaMarcus Aldridge was back in the Spurs' lineup Tuesday after sitting out Monday's loss to Houston, and scored 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting in 26 minutes. He played 26 minutes in his initial return Saturday.

Randle brings the hammer

Julius Randle threw down a monstrous dunk despite having two Nuggets defenders in the paint. Great play by him.

Hornets forget about Davis

Somehow the Hornets forgot to put a man on Anthony Davis and that just gave him a wide open lane to throw down a dunk.

Collins throws down powerful putback

John Collins has two goals in life: to rebound the basketball and dunk the basketball. He did both of those things in this powerful slam.

Oubre Jr. throws one down

Kelly Oubre Jr. had an open lane to the rim and he turned that into a highlight smash dunk.

Embiid and Simmons run two-man game

Joel Embiid was on the perimeter and saw an open path to the rim. He took it and Ben Simmons made sure to find him for the dunk.

Grant throws down a thunderous dunk

Jerami Grant got way up there and threw down an incredible dunk. Look at how far back he extends.

Walker finds Howard on the lob

Kemba Walker drew in the entire defense on this pick-and-roll, creating a wide-open lane for Dwight Howard to slam home an alley-oop.

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Jack Maloney lives and writes in Milwaukee, where, like the Bucks, he is trying to own the future. Full Bio

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