Karl-Anthony Towns scores 56, sets Timberwolves’ single-game record (video)

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76ers rookie Ben Simmons encouraged Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns to play a video game with him yesterday.

“Play one,” Simmons said. “You’ve got time. Who do you play tomorrow?”

“Hawks,” Towns said.

“You’ve got plenty of time,” Simmons said, breaking into laughter.

Turns out, Simmons was right. Towns didn’t need to take lowly Atlanta seriously.

Towns scored a franchise-record 56 points in Minnesota’s 126-114 win over the Hawks. That surpassed Mo Williams’ 52 points in 2015.

Picking up the slack for an injured Jimmy Butler, Towns shot 13-for-24 on 2-pointers, 6-for-8 on 3-pointers and 12-for-15 on free throws. He’s such a talented scorer, inside and out. The Timberwolves should feature him more often.

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