Web Editorial Associate
In Sunday night’s 110-109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at STAPLES Center, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins led the way for the Minnesota Timberwolves, making history in the process.
Towns finished with 40 points and 21 rebounds, while Wiggins tallied 41 points and two rebounds for Minnesota.
It was the first time in franchise history that two Wolves players scored 40-plus points in the same game and was the first time it has happened in the NBA since Kevin Durant (48 points) and Russell Westbrook (43 points) did it for Oklahoma City on Oct. 30, 2015.
Towns was also the first player in franchise history to record a 40/20 game and, according to basketball-reference.com, the second-year big man is the third-youngest player since at least the 1983-84 season to record such a game.
But for Towns and Wiggins, creating history hasn’t occurred in just one game. It’s been the entire season.
Through 80 games this season, both players are having career years while also climbing Wolves all-time leaderboards.
Towns, in his second season out of Kentucky, is averaging 25.1 points (up nearly seven points from last season), 12.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocks per game.
Wiggins, in his third NBA season out of Kansas, is averaging 23.7 points (up three points from last year), 4.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and one steal per game.
Entering Tuesday’s final home game at Target Center, both Towns and Wiggins are both in the top five in Wolves history in points scored in a single season. Towns is up to 2,007 points on the season and needs just four points in the final two games to surpass Kevin Love’s record of 2,010 points in 2013-14. Wiggins is at 1,894 points this year, the fifth-most points in a single season in franchise history.
Nearing the end of the regular season, Towns currently has 3,510 career points, while Wiggins is up to 4,956 career points (sixth in Wolves history).
It’s no secret, Towns and Wiggins have had great careers for the Wolves so far, and they keep on adding to it this season. Oh, and just a reminder, Towns is just 21 years old, while Wiggins is just 22.