Timberwolves win home opener in a rout

Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns goes in for a first quarter lay-up during the team’s home opener against the Memphis Grizzlies. 

Timberwolves forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns was named a Western Conference All-Star by the National Basketball Association.

Towns was named to the team as a reserve via balloting by NBA head coaches for the second straight year. He will be playing in his second all-star game after appearing in the Rising Stars Challenge in each of his first two seasons. The 7’0” forward/center scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high-tying 10 rebounds for Team Stephen (Curry) in the 2018 all-star game. This year’s contest will be played at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. on Feb. 17.

Towns has led the Wolves to a 25-26 record this season, including a 17-9 mark at Target Center. He has appeared in every game this season, continuing his ironman streak to 297 contests, the longest to open a career since 1970-71. In 51 games this year, Towns has recorded averages of 22.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, a career-high 3.1 assists and a career-high 1.86 blocks per contest while shooting 49.8 percent from the floor, including 37.6 percent from long range and 84.9 percent from the free throw line. Towns currently ranks 16th in scoring, nineth in rebounding and ninth in blocks. Over his past 18 games, Towns is averaging 25.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.11 blocks. He has paced the Wolves in scoring 23 times and rebounding on 36 occasions.

Over the years, seven Wolves players have earned NBA All-Star honors –s Tom Gugliotta, Kevin Garnett, Wally Szczerbiak, Sam Cassell, Kevin Love, Jimmy Butler and Towns.

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