SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs continued their homestand on Monday night but fell 139-129 to the Minnesota Timberwolves after a prolific performance from Karl Anthony-Towns.
The loss saw San Antonio fall a full game behind the Portland Trail Blazers for 11th in the Western Conference.
In case you missed it, here are three points from the Spurs’ loss to Minnesota:
No stopping Towns
There was no stopping Karl Anthony-Towns on Monday night as he poured in a team-record 60 points – the most scored in the NBA this season. He shot 19 for 31 and grabbed 17 rebounds in the much-needed win for Minnesota.
“Karl was fantastic,” Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich said. “He drove it, he shot it, he always plays hard. He’s a hell of a player. It’s not like it was a surprise. Today, he was special. So, give him credit.”
Slow third quarter
The game was close up until the third quarter. The Timberwolves came out of the locker room and were on a run, outscoring San Antonio 46-33 in the period.
“We didn’t come up with anything to slow them up,” Popovich said. “We had a hard time with them for sure. I loved the guy’s effort, their aggressiveness. They played through everything, didn’t get down, and continued to work.”
Keldon’s big night
The San Antonio Spurs one of their own have a big night as well. Keldon Johnson led the team with 34 points for San Antonio. Dejounte Murray added 30 points and 12 assists, and Lonnie Walker IV scored 22.
“It’s great,” Murray said of his teammate’s game. “He’s scoring, shooting well. He’s always been a driver, so we expect that. But I hope his mentality is ‘I don’t care, because we lost,’ because that’s the mentality that I live with.”
The San Antonio Spurs are now 26-43 on the season and will return to the court to face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.