Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his first career triple-double Wednesday night to become the youngest player in franchise history to achieve this feat. He scored 15 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out a career-high 10 assists in the Wolves’ 105-103 loss to Denver.
Towns, the reigning Rookie of the Year, continues to hit new statistical milestones in his second year in the league. The young star scored a career-best 47 points Nov. 30 and a few weeks later totaled 41 points.
In honor of the first of what will likely be many career triple-doubles, here is a look back at five of Towns’ best statistical performances in 2016. Many of his career-standout efforts have been in the past month.
No. 1: Nov. 30, 2016
Towns scored a career-high 47 points and totaled a season-high 18 rebounds in a 106-104 loss to New York. The 21-year-old became the third-youngest player in the last three decades to score at least 45 points and have 15 rebounds in a game.
No. 2: Dec. 11, 2016
Towns produced yet another double-double and led the Wolves into the fourth quarter with a lead against the league’s best team Golden State. He scored 25 points and had 18 rebounds, but the Warriors rallied for a 116-108 victory. Towns is tied for fourth in the league with 22 double-doubles. He is only one of 12 players with a triple-double.
No. 3: Dec. 17, 2016
Towns followed up his 47-point effort with another 40-plus point performance just eight games later. He scored 41, had 15 rebounds and five assists in a 111-109 overtime loss to Houston. It was Towns' seventh straight double-double of the season.
No. 4: Dec. 28, 2016
Towns compiled his first triple-double 114 games into his professional career with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the 105-103 loss to Denver. He was double-teamed most of the game and had just four points, three rebounds and eight assists through three quarters, but led the Wolves’ effort late in the fourth quarter with 11 points, eight rebounds and two assist.
No. 5: Dec. 26, 2016
Towns matched his season-high 18 rebounds, scored 17 points and had five assists to lead the Wolves to a 92-84 victory for the first of two wins against Atlanta in a span of six days. Towns totaled another double-double (22 points, 11 rebounds) in the Wolves’ second win against the Hawks.
Bonus: April 3, 2016
Towns had 21 rebounds, 11 points and nine assists, finishing just shy of a triple-double. He also produced three blocks and one steal in the 88-78 loss to Dallas. Towns became the fourth-youngest player in 30 years to collected at least 20 rebounds and joined Kevin Garnett as the only player in franchise history total at least 14 points and six rebounds in the first half of a game. Towns hasn't totaled 20 rebounds since this date.
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